Who are Studio 13?
Adam is Studio 13’s bass player, and despite the occasional infidelity with a few blues guitar riffs (and even a short spell trying jazz/blues piano) he is a dedicated lover of the low notes. Adam has been in bands on and off since his university days, and Studio 13 has really got him going again. It’s not just the mix of rock, blues and a touch of funk that makes it his ideal band, it’s the way that everyone puts something in and that there's room for the bass to do it's thing.
Adam likes: Friends, songs that groove, minor keys, rocks, happy dogs, low notes, wild places, 60s cars, the craic, playing the rests, valve amps.
His favourite book would be anything by Iain Banks, his favourite films are “Withnail & I” and “The Edukators”, and his favourite artists are Banksy and Barbara Hepworth.
His influences include Jack White, Led Zep, Primal Scream, The Hives, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Audioslave, The Chemical Brothers, Leftfield, The Black Keys, Rage Against the Machine, Herbie Hancock, Gomez and Muse.
Favourite “real life” quote: "Only when the last tree has been cut down and the last river has dried up will man realize that reciting old proverbs makes you sound like a twat." -- Banksy.
Film quote: "We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now!" -- Withnail.
Chris was brought up in show business by parents who worked for many years as professional entertainers. He took piano lessons from five years old and began playing guitar at the age of 12, when he toured Spain with the folks and fell in love with the gleaming red stratocaster of guitarist Jim Rhodes, who appeared on the same bill.
Since then, he has played in numerous bands, the most important ones being: Shock Therapy (his first, while still at school), Beyond Belief, The Morning After and Me and Mi Mates (which subsequently morphed into The Taking). Later he joined the brilliant 9-piece soul band Stax Mafia.
He has performed in many different arenas, from outdoor shows and biker festivals, to rock clubs, pubs and working men’s clubs.
Although Chris enjoys working in the studio, he loves nothing better than playing live and on his nights off heads for any jam session he can find, playing guitar, keyboards and bass with as many different musicians as possible.
When he pauses for a breather, he likes to listen to his favourite guitarists, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, BB King, Richie Sambora, Slash and Joe Satriani. He admits to being truly inspired by the great gypsy jazz guitarists from Django Reinhardt to Gary Potter.
Paula is Studio 13's drummer. A 60’s child, brought up on Northern Soul; Tchaikovsky; James Last; The Beatles; Joe Cocker; Simon and Garfunkel; John Lennon and Gary Glitter (!).
Paula’s first footsteps into the world of music began in 1980. She became the back stage member of a punk band as drum tech, artist and running a small independent record label until the band split after 10 years. It was then that Paula decided to start drumming and hasn’t looked back since. After some glorious years of tuition and developing her own style, Paula was ready to hit the stage and has been in numerous bands. She enjoys every aspect of being in a band, whether it’s studio work or playing live.
Paula’s first record was ‘The Wombles’ and luckily her musical tastes developed in the following decades to include David Bowie; Gary Numan; Faith No More; Red Hot Chilli Peppers; Black Sabbath; Pink Floyd; Led Zepellin; P J Harvey; James Brown; Macy Gray; Faithless; Massive Attack; Steve Reich…..and lots more.
Paula’s main influence has to be her drum tutor for pushing her, keeping it challenging, interesting and helping to realise her dreams.
Favourite films: The Machinist and Monsters Inc.
Paula loves: Drumming; a funky groove; Zita the dog; Matilda the cat; playing bass; dancing; transcribing and notating; the outdoors; Scrabble…
Paula does not like: Bjork and Rod Stewart.
Lowri is Studio 13’s singer, and was brought up on a range of music, including the likes of Eric Clapton and Bob Marley. The setting for Lowri’s early musical memories was Hong Kong – where Lowri was born. It is here that her parents also took her to see a Sex Pistols tribute act - although they claim to have no recollection of this.
Lowri was a child of the late 80s, meaning that a number of her initial musical experiences were unfortunately during the 90s after she moved to England. It is during this time that Lowri started singing. Lowri’s first cassette tape was ‘Wannabe’ by the Spice Girls, and her first CD was ‘Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water’ by – you guessed it – Limp Bizkit. Lowri’s first recollection of performing music in front of an audience was when she sang ‘Cleopatra’s Theme’ by Cleopatra with some friends in primary school in England – with her hair in plaits.
Lowri’s musical tastes have come on a bit since the 90s. She can still be caught listening to the likes of Beyonce, however she also listens to bands like the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Smashing Pumpkins. Lowri likes music that puts a modern spin on old styles, and she has been inspired by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith, Cee Lo Green and Plan B. Lowri has provided vocals for a few bands over the years – including a metal band, and Lazy Susan who played old school rock. Lowri also writes and records her own music, and collaborates with a dance producer called D’Funkt. Lowri’s individual Soundcloud page can be found here - https://soundcloud.com/lowridixon
Likes: Her rabbit, Willow, who lives in her house; wine; cheese; driving with the windows down when it’s sunny; making dresses.
Dislikes: Willow eating furniture; walking; the wine running out; puppets; having to stick to a lactose-free diet.