SYNAPTIK personal bios.
Name: Kev Jackson
Instrument: Lead Bass Guitar
Instrument Influences: Steve Harris, Doug Keyser, John Myung & Tony Choy.
Musical Leaning: Heavy metal, Thrash metal, Death metal, Progressive metal, Power metal, Tech metal, Metal metal & rock, pop, classical, jazz.
Main Gear: Peavey Grind & Dingwall Combustion ‘NG2’ basses, Piranha & Van Damme leads, Mark Bass Super Booster & Super Synth pedals, Korg Pitchblack tuner, Summit Audio preamp, Bergantino IP112 & HT112 speakers, Clearer Audio power supply, Tacima mains conditioner, Auralex speaker isolation, Mono straps, Hercules stands, Protec cases & CruzTools….tools! Also have various bits of gear just lying around gathering dust.
Interests/Hobbies: Some drinking of the ale, gear hoarding & dust collection.
Name: Ian Knight
Main Gear: BC Rich Warlock 1989 US black with a Seymour Duncan Blackout pickup, Ibanez RGR08LTD black with Seymour Duncan Blackout pickup, Steinberger Synapse Demon black with Seymour Duncan Blackout pic, Jackson JS22-7 black with Seymour Duncan Nazgul pickup.
Musical Leaning: Metal, Classical
Intrument Influences: Best thing for me is the writing and the creation of a great song. Playing live the music I’ve helped to create. When I first started playing guitar I mainy was influenced by thrash metal Metallica Slayer etc. but my main influences with regart to how I play would be Atheist,Pestilence,Celtic Frost, Deathrow, Voivod, Death,Watchtower
Name: Pete Loades
Influences: Bought up on a mix of metal , prog , rock and jazz
Musical leaning: Classic Rock / Metal bands (Maiden, Metallica, Whitesnake, GnR), Progressive Rock/Metal (Dream Theater, Canvas Solaris, Porcupine Tree) Progressive Metal, Thrash, Death, Rock
Equipment: Tama Star Classic drums 8, 10, 12, 16 inch, toms. 22 bass drum, 12×6 tama steel snare. Sabian cymbals, roland triggers, 5b sticks.
Name: John Knight
Instrument: Vocal chords
Instrument Influences: Dio, Mike Patton, Geoff Tate, Rob Halford, Devon Graves, Alan Tecchio. Roy Khan, Midnight.
Musical leaning: Metal – tech, heavy, speed, progressive, thrash, death. Classical, some Jazz Fusion, funk, rock.
Equipment: Shure Super 55 dynamic Microphone, Hercules mic stand with Quik n EZ adaptor. Trantec Wireless In Ear Monitor system with Shure in Ears. Super cool extra wide black wrist sweat band x2.
Diploma in Music.
Hobbies/Interests: Art & Design, Photoshop, making short films, movie collecting, writing, music (of course)
Name: Aaron Beeken
Instrument: Lead Guitarist
Instrument Influences: Marty Friedman, Jeff Loomis, Jason Becker, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Randy Rhoads, Ritchie Blackmore, Nuno Bettencourt, Al Di Meola, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Michael Romeo and John Petrucci.
Musical leaning: Metal – Progressive, thrash, neoclassical, heavy metal. Contemporary Popular Music – rock, pop and jazz. Grade 8 Distinction Rockschool in Guitar, (BA Hons) Contemporary Popular Music Degree from The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), Guildford. PGCE Music Education.
Equipment: Schecter C-7, Ibanez Prestige, Jackson Flying V, Gordon Smith Graduate, Ovation and Crafter Acoustics. Marshall TSL-60 JCM 2000 Amplification.
Hobbies/Interests: Songwriting, rock and metal guitar techniques and music theory. Marine Biology. Guitar Tuition and Music Education. Hypnotherapy, Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Aaron Beeken is a Guitar Teacher in Peterborough. More info is available at www.aaronbeeken.com.
Name: Jack O Murton
Instrument: Lead Guitarist
Instrument Influences: Paul Gilbert, Jeff Loomis, Chris Amott, Micheal Amott, Gus G, Rick Graham,
Musical Leaning: Metal, Melodic Metal, Melodic death metal, Prog metal, Thrash, classical, neo classical
Equipment: B.C. Rich Gunslinger retro purple, B.C Rich gunslinger USA , Ibanez rg741 , ESP LTD EX360, Feranades revolver pro ebony JAPAN. Dimarzio pickups. Semour Duncan pickups. Blackstar amps and marshall JCM 900. IBanez tube screamer ts9, vox wah, Jim Dunlop cry baby. MXR Carbon copy delay pedal, Korg pitch black. Jazz III Jim Dunlop pics.
Hobbies/interests: Guitar (played guitar since age of 12) motorbikes, Song writing and composing, guitar building/repairs. Gaming (yeahhh) cooking.