Many of you have been asking about Silvers, the amazing band who are the talent behind ‘Not the Christmas Number 1’. So, I thought I would spend some time with each of them, to find out a little more. After we finished in the studio, I took Bradley Stamper, the bass player, for a lovely cup of tea, some cakey and a good old chin wag. And what a delightful young man he is too!! Here’s what I discovered…
Bradley is from Ickenham in NW London. When he was about my size, he started playing the Baritone - but that gave way to his beloved bass guitar at the age of 9 when his sister convinced him it was far cooler. (Thanks sis!)
Bradley had trouble deciding whether to go art college or join the army. He’s now 24 and a graduate of the Chelsea College of Art and Design at the University of the Arts, London. Decision made!
He cites his key musical influences as Bon Iver, Metronomy, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, Yeasayer, Local Natives, La Shark, Beirut, The National, Grizzly Bear, The Maccabees, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Belgrade and We Barbarians.
Bass players he loves, respects and is a little bit jealous of, include Jaco Pastorius (70’s Jazz legend), Pino Palladino (Session bassist and The Who/John Mayer Trio), James Jamerson (Motown), Victor Wooten (Solo artist), Marcus Miller (Miles Davis/Solo artist), Ben Kenney (The Roots/Incubus/Solo artist) and Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie).
Bradley has played for The Routines (a London indie band of yore), Oh Minnows (an American band on their UK tour), Kevin Tuffy (Folk Troubadour) plus a few session gigs.
He also taught bass guitar to a wonderful mix of ages and abilities. (And when Bradley is hugely famous, I’m sure all his former pupils will be dining out on that story!) His musical dream? Apart from climbing the charts with ‘Not the Christmas Number 1’, Bradley would most like to play on Jools Holland and to ride on a swanky tour bus.
What else did I learn? Well, apart from the fact that he has the same best friend as when he was a tiny wee chap at nursery school, I also learned that he is the world leading authority on American political drama ‘The West Wing’. Ok, he’s actually creepily obsessed with it.
Thanks Bradley! You can pop round for a cuppa with your old pal Jake any time.