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My fingers have had a proper workout this spring, what with the first Jacob Collier Band gig in Hackney last month featuring Spanky McCurdy and Pedro Martins. As a trial run it went extremely well so now we know what to do with ourselves in 2019…
Andrew McCormack‘s band has also been taxing the digits as has the Jeremy Stacey Band ft. Josh Arcoleo, Jason Rebello and David Preston. I had to learn a loooooot of tunes for the epic Steely Dan Project at the 606 club, and then a tribute to Quincy with the Halle Orchestra which proved to be great practice for a gig with the actual Quincy Jones at the O2 on June 27th
Today I did a little talk for Steinberg at the Musikmesse hence my writing this post from an excellent hotel bar in Frankfurt. But its not easing off…
Next up is Jordan Rakei‘s gig at Ronnies on April 19th which i will be guesting on, followed by Anton Eger‘s new project, performing at London’s Vortex on 25th April
There’s also a gig with Hamish Stuart plus 2 nights with the Ben Jones Band at the new Pizza Express venue in Holborn. See diary for details… but more importantly, watch this!
Soul Family will be making an appearance at Love Supreme Festival and also lined up is a video shoot with Richard Spaven and Stuart McCallum in Berlin, Agnes Gosling‘s album debut in Rotterdam, and a tour with Leon Vynehall (UK electronic producer with live band and string section!) in the summer followed by a tour with José James, and Nate Smith in September playing the music of Bill Withers. There is also a new project with Tom Cawley to look forward to. He’s gone all synthy…
2 announcements for you:
I’m very proud to say that i mixed the new Richard Spaven LP. Here’s an idea of what to expect when it drops this Friday. Needless to say, the drumming and composing are next level! The album features Jordan Rakei, Jameszoo, Cleveland Watkiss and Stuart McCallum among others. Come and see us for the album launch at Jazz Refreshed this Thursday 29th June
Also freshly released is Andrew McCormack‘s “Graviton” project. Highly intricate and adventurous compositions and an incredible line up of Eska, Shabaka Hutchings, Anton Eger and of course myself on bass and also the mix! Look out for UK shows later in the year. Here’s my favourite track
2017 – I’ve been getting my mix on. It has been very gratifying shaping up 4 great works of art by some of my close friends and peers – Richard Spaven, Andrew McCormack, Phil Peskett and Fini Bearman
Look out for these exceptional works from progressive uk musicians
Richard Spaven – The Self out now ft. Jordan Rakei
also watch out for an upcoming Boiler room session with the Spaven Trio
Andrew McCormack – Graviton out now ft Eska / Shabaka Hutchings / Anton Eger and me!
Fini Bearman – Burn The Boat out now
Phil’s album is pending a release date. More on that later this year
Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) has made a great new LP, produced by Paul Stacey and with myself on Jeremy Stacey on kit! I think the results are pretty special. Listen here
This same rhythm section plus the mighty Jason Rebello have also been recording new material for the Unidentified Flying Project. Somewhere there lies a hard drive with some incredible playing that will hopefully be released soon.
I also had the honour of playing a few shows with a long-time hero of mine Nik Kershaw. Honestly – the greatest, engaging, harmonically intricate music with a real clear sense of melody. I was over the moon.
I have also been getting stuck into some string arranging with the help of the new Dorico software which is going to radically change the way i work with notation. I’m very pleased with it so far
Look out for my upcoming gigs with the great Parisian pianist Eric Legnini, Jacob Collier, Richard Spaven, Graviton, Soul Family and even Will Young!
Wrapping up a great year we have just finished the amazingly successful, sold out entire weekend of the Soul Family festival featuring Beady Belle, Joey Dosik, Shingai, Tawiah, Native Dancer, Orfan and Scott McKeon. So great to share the stage with many of my idols and peers!
My mixing career is also blooming with the release of Natalie Williams – Kaleidoscope, Fini Bearman – Burn the Boat. See this great review of her new album. I have also just finished mixing Andrew McCormack’s new LP – Graviton and currently working on mixing new material by Richard Spaven and Phil Peskett
There is lots to report so far this year. Only last week I had the pleasure of playing a festival set with my musical idol Laura Mvula and of course thoroughly enjoyed playing beautiful music with incredible musicians.
Also, Natalie Williams album Kaleidoscope came out, which was a big deal for me since i produced and mixed the record. Here’s a couple of things we got up to lately – a feature on an episode of the Ayala show and some footage from our Strings-laden labum launch at Shoreditch Town Hall
I have only just got round to adding some of the great Jacob Collier videos we made last year to my site, but take a look in the videos section here. Jacob always inspires and brings out the best in myself and James Maddren, as you will hear.
I have updated the “Rob plays on” playlist to include recent additions including a track from the new album by The Breath featuring Stuart McCallum, Rioghnach Connelly, Luke Flowers and John Ellis which was mixed by Tchad Blake and sounds fantastic. Also some recent tunes from Roisin Murphy, Kindness, Clare McGuire, Dedi Madden and Chris Higginbottom.
Here’s something that happened in January with some legendary British musicians in a rural pub in Lymington!
More recently I have been very busy mixing Fini Bearman‘s new album “Burn The Boat” and it sounds great in my humble opinion so look out for the release in the Autumn
Also soon to be released with Mullarkey low notes – new material from Zero7, Ben Jones, Anna Krantz, Rebecca Ferguson, Agnes Gosling, Betsy and Leee Paul…
This is just my improvisation over my all time fave Temptations track “Just My Imagination” using only my Lakland 44-51 and an old Boss RC2 looper pedal.
#RobMullarkey #solo #Bass #Lakland #44-51 #soul #Motown #Temptaions
This week i have mostly been on the M6… but Richard Spaven made it worthwhile. This is what we got up to at MauMaus last Thursday.
Incredible crowd down there as ever. It was steamy.
Jacob Collier is preparing for the grand unveiling of his looping/harmonising concept at Ronnie Scotts on July 1st. Quincy will be there so I’ll be wearing my Quincy shirt which has secret information about him inscribed on the inside. I’m serious. We will also play with the trio from midnight onwards. You should also look out for Jacob on Jamie Cullum‘s show as we recorded 4 exclusive tracks for him down at BBC Maida Vale this week. Meanwhile here’s a thing i made from our previous gig at Soho Pizza Express.
The new album from Roisin Murphy “Hairless Toys” is great and it’s available and it has my bass on it and buy it.
What else is new?… oh yeah – i will be supporting Chaka Kahn with various bands through her week long residency in London from July 6th (Ronnies Scotts). One confirmed line-up features Ben Jones, Jake Edwards-Wood and Dexter Hercules. That should warm them up.
Natalie Williams‘ Soul Family will be appearing in Woburn on July 17th and of course with our regular Ronnies slot on 26th July . There is also talk of us playing at the London Jazz Festival with a string section. I’ll tell you more next time.
I have now recovered from mild snowboarding injuries and in the morning, Natalie Williams and i are off to Cheltenham Jazz festival for the weekend, performing with her Soul Family late on Friday evening and then playing with Natalie’s own small band project on Sunday lunchtime in the Jazz Arena playing our new material from the forthcoming EP – Kaleidoscope – which i have spent the last few weeks working on very hard, in the capacity of a mixing engineer!! It will be fantastic as it features all her usual band plus a bit of Jacob Collier on melodica and some Eric Appapoulay on additional guitars.
The other big news this week is that Eska’s long awaited LP is really here!! I mean it exists and you can buy it, like, now. Just read any review from the last few days if you need convincing, but seriously – not that i played any great role, but it is my proudest work. Congrats Esk. It is beyond everything we hoped!
If you listen to much 6Music (which you should) you will have heard Roisin Murphy’s new tracks from upcoming LP “Hairless Toys”. My good friend Eddie Stevens has imprinted his inimitable and uncompromising presence and i contributed some bass to about 5 tracks. So that is out on May 11th. Go here!
Then there’s Zero 7. The new EP may have got you excited again, but i can confirm that a full album is on the cards which will feature myself and Natalie Williams.
After that there’s (my old zero 7 bandmate) Dedi Madden‘s LP which i played on along with Jeremy Stacey and numerous luminous muso luminaries. The songwriting is fantastic and i will plug it further when it exists. Which will be soon.
I recently heard some mixes by the legendary Tchad Blake of our sessions at Realworld studios with Rioghnach Connelly and the manc boys which are genuinely exciting. Musically and mixically! Again more news as soon as i know more.
Apart from that, and our 3 nights as house band @ Ronnies with the Natalie Williams band then on to Budapest Jazz Festival, a gig in Bristol with Eska on May 27th and a couple more nights at Pizza Express with Jacob Collier on 31st May/ 1st June, there’s not much going on really. See you next month.
p.s. here he is
— Jacob Collier (@JCollierMusic) April 30, 2015
It’s been a crazy few weeks. An impromptu gig with Jacob Collier, Louis Cole and myself sold out London’s Pizza Express venue in a matter of days. In case you weren’t aware, Jacob is the Finchley multi-instrumentalist prodigy not yet out of music school, with an astounding harmonic and conceptual arsenal and Louis is the truly unique drummer that makes up 50% of LA outfit Knower. This clip from the gig has understandably seen a lot of attention worldwide.
Following that was a run of gigs with the legendary pianist Jason Rebello, well known for his work with Sting, besides being the UK’s most respected pianist. Ronnie Scotts is planning to release a video of this event so i’ll let you know when that becomes available!
I had some great gigs with both Brendan Reilly and Hamish Stuart too, but sadly no evidence that i can find.
Meanwhile Natalie Williams and i have been working hard on her upcoming EP. Samplers to follow… but i can tell you that it is already sounding fantastic.
Gigs coming up with Bill Laurance of Snarky Puppy fame, Richard Spaven, and also a few with Stuart McCallum plus some special appearances from Soul Family Sunday.
I’m just back from a stint in the Seychelles, which looked like this…
…and march is shaping up nicely. I’m recording some new music for Zero7 which is sounding very special. I’m also performing with Average White Bandmember (!) and Chaka Khan collaborator Hamish Stuart in Whitstable on March 5th and in Aberdeen on the 20th.
Some exciting news: Natalie Williams is finally recording some new material this month which Nat and I have been writing together. The awesome RAK Studios (voted studio of the year once again) will be the venue. The frankly shit-hot line-up will be James Maddren on drums, Phil Peskett on piano, Al cherry on guitar, myself on electric and ukelele bass and of course my gorgeous fiancé on vocals.
On March 15th Soul Family Sunday continues it’s 7 year run of gigs in London, currently resident @ Ronnie Scotts and this month’s guest artist is Natalie Duncan so hurry and book because it will sell out fast! . Here’s a taster