Originally from the UK, I traveled and studied music in Brisbane, Australia, where I gained a Diploma in Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then I have toured internationally, supported major acts such as Kid Rock, Ben Harper, Bastille, Ludacris, Cypress Hill and The Roots to name but a few, recorded albums, guested with numerous bands such as members of Portishead, Massive Attack, Robert Plant's Band of Joy and The Black Keys and composed music scores for two feature films and various shorts along with directing my own music video and having my music featured in various movies and TV shows. I also have booked acts across the US and organized music festivals in Los Angeles.
I have vast skills from performance to management, booking, PR and placements in film and television. Whether you are looking to just begin learning an instrument for fun or would like to take your skills further and move towards becoming a professional musician, I have the skills and expertise to help you along every step of the way. I tailor each lesson to meet the needs of the student, teaching them exactly what they would like to learn and having lots of fun doing it!
*** Lesson Details ***
For the first lesson we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve, what kind of structure you would like for your lessons (theory, performance etc) and I will assess your skill level. Then I will tailor exercises, lessons and study to suit your needs.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Rhodes Piano
Doric Vintage Organ
Microphones and Stands
1968 Hagstrom Bass
Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Dan Electro Guitar
1950s Burns Bass
Yamaha Mini Acoustic
Small Boss Keyboard
Flutes, Harmonicas, Percussion
Ipod, cd player
Various effects pedals for voice and guitar etc
*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring guitars, mics, stands, practice amp and small keyboard
*** Specialties ***
Specializing in rock, pop and soundtrack music, I can also teach performance and acting stage skills and voice projection.
Photos and Videos
A recent write up in Creative Loafing's music issue about my band Midnight Larks who were named best new Atlanta Band
Promoter Jan 2002 - Present
Sasha V.Presents/ Echoes West Festival/Barfly<Birmingham Academy
Originally from Birmingham, UK I worked as a stage manager for the Barfly and Birmingham Academy, two of the largest music venues in the area. After moving overseas I became a well respected promoter for various venues across Los Angeles for the last few years, I also am the founder and curator of the Echoes West Festival in Los Angeles which has featured major acts from across the globe.
Composer/Performer Jan 2000 - Present
Kaleidoscopia./Spindrift/The Silver Chords/Midnight Larks/The Mobsters/The Warlocks
Toured internationally, performed and interviewed on major TV, radio stations and at music festivals, appeared in various major publications across the globe. Music has been featured on TV shows such as East Bound and Down and Californication on HBO and movies such as Quentin Tarantino's "Hellride". Composed music for many other feature films and shorts, currently have a publishing deal with BMG to feature music in more movies, TV shows and commercials.
Cert IV in Contemporary Music May 1999 - Jun 2000
Southbank Tafe, Brisbane Australia
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Cert IV in Contemporary Music Jun 2000
Southbank Tafe, Brisbane, Australia
BMI, The Recording Academy