Scott’s career to date has been diverse, to say the least, working closely with artists from Robbie Williams to Engelbert Humperdinck, having achieved platinum record sales with the latter signed to EMI Publishing and scoring songs such as the single ‘Morning Sun’ working alongside Trevor Horn and Lol Creme of 10cc.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Scott has the ability to turn his hand to various instruments all the way from backing vocals for Michael Bublé to playing session brass for artists such as Nile Rogers, Tom Jones and Rudimental, playing brass and solo trumpet on their number one hit ‘These Days’.
Fueled by a passion for the vintage sound (in particular music of the 60s and 70s), Scott has been fortunate enough to tour with legends like Chairman of the Board and The Contours giving him a real insight into the Motown sound having spent time with legends such as Ken Knox and Joe Billingslea.
With a studio based in UK and one out in the mountains of Portugal, Scott is continually producing and writing music and is excited to be involved in the creation of the next CBB album.
What is the first music you remember hearing around the house as a child?
My father had such eclectic taste it could literally be anything from Black Sabbath to John Williams…the first song I learned on the guitar (age 6) was Peggy Sue. My Dad was big into Rock n Roll and blues and was often found rocking the piano with tracks like Great Balls Of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis. He was in a band that rehearsed at our house too…big influence really when I think about it. I actually have a recording (tape) of me and my bro singing Honky Tonk Woman with Mark playing guitar and us both singing (I was 5 and Mark was 7) very funny as we sounded like a pair of chipmunks.
Do you remember when you first realized you had a singing voice?
I always loved the idea of singing and felt I was capable but was too self-conscious until the age of about 14 when I started to write songs and thus needed vocals to represent the songs (I’d been on drums in a band with my bro up to that point playing pubs and clubs etc). I dared to show my best mate a couple of years later and thankfully he was very encouraging and my confidence grew from there…
What do you consider the best decade for music?
Difficult question, a good song becomes timeless and surpasses the zeitgeist of the age it was created within… I am heavily drawn towards the 70s, not only the incredible groove stuff but also the recorded sound was just (and still is) sublime.
What is right and what is wrong about music in 2023?
Talent is still as much in the world today as it ever was, but it is easier to get overlooked as we are literally saturated with people’s music without any sort of filter (just whoever shouts the loudest on the tinterweb sometimes!). Songcraft can suffer from the fact that before we even conceive of a melody/ song or concept one can very quickly press a few buttons and make some very seductive sounds which we then plop a melody over, sometimes almost like an afterthought…this is certainly the temptation whereas back in the day you may only have yourself and a guitar or piano which then relies more heavily upon the strength of the melody idea/ phrasing etc to pass muster. Not that I’m up on my soapbox…just an observation. I think great music can occur in all sorts of circumstances…there are no rules as such.
Who is your favourite singer/songwriter?
Very hard to pin down…so many. Lennon and McCartney, in that short space of time, were just pure genius, and hard to beat. It still feels completely fresh today. Unreal.
If you had to choose one would your preference be the studio or the stage?
I thrive on variety tbh I love to be in the studio one day and then on stage the next (with like-minded people.) They are very different disciplines though and one does not necessarily translate to the other for example you may think you were smashing it live but if you recorded that as a take in the studio, you may think again…
For me, they are very complimentary to one another as the stage can inspire your studio work and your studio work can tighten up your stagecraft…great fun and a privilege to be involved in both.
Nope. I find that superstition just ties you up in knots with no real reward… How do you like to prepare yourself before a live show?
At least half an hour of vocal warm-up. No alcohol, (although there have been occasions where this rule has been marginally broken)… problem is…apart from it being bad for the vocals, it cons you into thinking you sound great when you don’t and everyone owns a video camera these days…
The best concert you have attended?
A very ‘out there’ impromptu jazz gig down a back street in Barcelona previous to which my wife and I had been watching a more mainstream jazz gig which ended at 12 midnight so we kinda followed a couple of sax players as we figured they would be heading to another jam sesh…having followed them for a few streets we went and fessed up to them and they showed us to this jam that went on till 4 am (complete with jazz dancers!) in this little narrow black room in the back of a bar with a beat up little mish-mash of a drum kit an old piano and an upright with a plethora of sax and trumpet players constantly taking the (minute) stage…mind blowing!
Tell us about how you became a member of Climax Blues Band
Georgy Glover invited me to a pub and asked me if I would like to join on lead vocals. I was thrilled…George then said “Oh good… and by the way Scott…the first gig is in Miami in 6 weeks’ time”. No pressure then…
If you had to choose one—favourite female singer.
Gladys Knight. (if in doubt check out the clip where she presented the Grammy awards by singing all the nominees’ tracks in 1974…swoooon)
What instruments do you play?
Vocals, trumpet (plus a large collection of brass instruments), kit, Latin percussion, bass, guitar, piano.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
I think that people should wear what suits them and what makes them feel confident regardless of fashion (and all that bullshit).
Any tattoos? If not, planning any?🙂
Haha, I can’t believe you’ve asked that… it’s weirdly been on my mind. Not sure really. Everyone’s got one these days :)
Favourite venue played in your life.
Apple barrel in New Orleans with Coco Robicheaux
Previous bands before Climax Blues Band?
Century Street, Bah Samba, Max the Sax, Chris Bevington Organization, Chairmen Of The Board, The Contours, The Marvelettes, Strawberry Break.
Are there any albums that you rate 10 out of 10 on every track?
Nirvana - Nevermind
Is there anything you collect outside of music?
I don’t even collect music tbh :) I seem to be collecting stray animals in Portugal though.
Favourite film soundtrack?
Wake Up - Rage Against The Machine (in The Matrix) is crazy powerful.
Name a singer you would love to have witnessed in the studio?