Jonny began playing guitar aged 10 and played in various bands throughout his teenage years. While studying at university he played in Progressive rock band Apeiron, in which he learned song-writing and stagecraft skills. Keen to hone his craft, he went on to study at BIMM in Bristol under renowned guitarists Stuart Ryan and Jamie Hunt, both contributors to Future publishing magazines and successful virtuoso musicians. He was also lucky enough to receive Master-classes with Fusion virtuosos Guthrie Govan and Alex Hutchings. Successful artists who have studied at BIMM Bristol include pop singer songwriter George Ezra, Steve Sparrow from the rock band Morning Parade, and Adam Nolly Getgood from the metal band Periphery.
He has been working on a series of solo instrumental pieces which showcase his talents as a soloist. Jonny has a broad music taste from artists spanning between the 1960’s to the present, which is reflected in his compositions, drawing together influences from Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Muse, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dream Theater, Opeth, Guthrie Govan and the guitar music of Spain.
This new release “El Sistema” draws together influence from Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, George Benson and Jimi Hendrix as well as Saxophone player Charlie Parker to give Latin fusion lead lines over a distinctly disco backing track inspired by Nile Rodgers and Daft Punk . As the track has a Latin sound it seemed fitting to name it after the famous Venezuela El Sistema a state foundation which watches over Venezuela’s 125 youth orchestras and the instrumental training programmes which make them possible.70 to 90 percent of the students come from poor socio-economic backgrounds.
Jonny’s first release “Fragile” has received over 50, 000 Youtube views. This instrumental Progressive rock track is inspired by Pink Floyd soundscapes and Prog metal acts Dream Theater, Opeth and Cynic in heavier sections.
Full versions of the tracks and backing tracks for the pieces are available in the Store section of the site.