Okay first thing's first...this place needs a good dust off
and a new lick of paint. Both of these things are going to happen
soon. But first, I have some great news for you guys. Chimp Spanner
is coming to the USA! And by Chimp Spanner, I mean just me...this
here to find out more, but the bottom line
is, this July/August I'll get to play some shows for you guys and
experience an In 'n' Out Burger, which I've been told is very good.
As for other news, well the full length is underway although
truth be told I'm still swinging wildly between two very different
I've also put together a playthrough video for the first
track from my current EP "All Roads Lead Here", which you can watch
Anyway that will do for the time being. Now I'm going to go
kill some of these pages and tidy things up a bit!
According to this website, I'm still 26...and that just won't
do! I think it's time for a major revamp. But until then, I'll fill
you in on the goings on of the past few months.
First of all, Chimp Spanner now has a live band! Paul Ortiz
(that's me), Jim Hughes, Adam Swan and Boris Le Gal hit the road
for the first Chimp Spanner tour with Aliases and Cyclamen back in
April, and it couldn't have gone better. If we had any doubts that
an instrumental progressive project could hold its own against
heavy technical vocal based bands, they were soon dismissed.
Now, on to the next big bit of news: we're touring the UK
again in September with TesseracT and Uneven Structure. This isn't
one you want to miss guys, so check out the link below for all the
venue locations and gig dates.
Lastly, as usual, new material
is on the way! Anyone that
knows me knows how particular I am about my songs, usually at the
expense of speed. But with over an hour of assorted material,
there's more than enough here for the upcoming EP and full length
which will follow.
Thanks for being patient during this uncharacteristic musical
blackout - I'm going to try and get some teaser clips/tracking
videos together so you can at least hear what's in store.
As promised, but in a slightly late manner, here are three
tracks from the album with irritating click tracks and no drums. If
you require a different mix or anything like that, just get in
touch using the contact form. I'm kind of new to this ^^
I've already had a few people asking if there are plans to
release it physically...honestly, I don't think so. Obviously
nothing is ruled out! But I can tell you that as things stand, the
next physical release will be 100% new! And hopefully quite soon!
Oh and lastly, for those of you who don't use iTunes,
Imperium Vorago will be coming to Amazon MP3, Spotify and We7 early
Well it's been a long time since I updated this thing. The
Winds of Plague tour with Monuments was absolutely killer, and has
given me some invaluable live experience not to mention some
extreme fun-times! The new album is progressing slowly, but with a
new POD to tinker with, no doubt inspiration will strike
In the meantime, however, I'm going to want to be playing a
select shows next year.
Perhaps one or two UK tours, and eventually (if I can get enough of
you guys behind me) some dates in Europe and perhaps even the
States. However, I'm getting ahead of myself as first of all I
...a drummer! I'm not looking at doing show after show after
show. It's the kind of set that will need a certain audience,
playing with certain bands. So the aim, at least initially, is to
do fewer better shows, rather than a ton of not so good ones.
As some of you might know I'm based in Colchester, so 2-3
hours travel time would be ideal.
So, what I will do is after the weekend, I'm going to release
two drum-less tracks (with metronome) from the album. If you need
the original full songs, please get in touch with me using the
Contact link and I can send you the tracks privately.
In the meantime, if you have a YouTube account showcasing
your drumming, please send these to me! You can either use the
contact form, or post it on my wall at
I think that's it for now. More news after the
Well, Euroblast has come and gone, and what else can I say
except...what an amazing weekend! It was great to see so many of
you come from near and far to check out all the music on offer (and
there was a lot of it), and even better to finally get to meet some
of you in person!
Also major congratulations to both Uneven Structure, and
Aliases, both of who played their first shows, and totally tore the
place up in the process!
Thanks must go to John Sprich for organizing the event, and
the team of wonderful people he put together to see to everything
from sound and lighting...to soup and chili. I couldn't have felt
more welcome in your country, so thank you all!
Next up it's the Winds of Plague tour playing second guitar
in Monuments. No doubt I'll see some of you again in Cologne. Now
to mentally prepare myself for 6000 miles of van ride...
Hey all! Apologies for the silence of late - as I'm sure some
of you know I've been practicing for my first ever live show at the
Basick Records 5th Birthday which took place this Saturday just
Firstly I've gotta say a HUGE thank you to everyone who
turned up. The atmosphere and vibe was incredible, and it meant the
world to know that you guys and girls were right behind me and
Monuments. It made us play better for it, and it made the night
something really special. So thank you!
The reaction to the set has been fantastic too. I know
there's a lot of work to be done, and it's given me a whole new
perspective on my own music, and on what so many other musicians
are doing out there day in, day out. But for a first show, I
couldn't be happier. There will be video...and there will be
clangers. But it'll be something amazing to look back on when this
thing is really rolling, and I'm thrilled so many of you were there
to be a part of that first step!
So until I've managed to edit, here's a short clip that's
doing the rounds on the 'Tube. First song. First show. Crazy times.
Hey all! Here's a little something for the weekend - me and
the guys from Monuments jamming The Mirror. It's the first jam of
the day so, a little rough in places. Still need to get channel
switching sorted but, it's all coming together! More videos to come
Figured this place was looking a little stagnant so I'd best
update you guys on some important goings on!
First of all, I may have been a little eager in suggesting
I'd have an album out by the end of this year ;] But come on, who
didn't see that coming?! As some of you might've noticed there has
been a steady-ish stream of WIPs so, it does exist! I just haven't
had the time to work on it solidly lately because...
...I've been living up at Studio 33 with the lads from
Monuments rehearsing for my first two live shows, as well as their
Winds of Plague European tour which I'm helping out with in return
for them letting me borrow an entire band! As to where you can
catch the Chimp set:
September 25th @ Luton SU (Free event - contact Basick Records
on Facebook to find out more)
October 23rd @ Euroblast Festival in Cologne
This will literally be my first time out live guys so, I
don't know what to expect but I'm going to have fun, and I hope
anyone that comes along will do too! These are first, not-so-baby
steps towards, perhaps, a full time live band. We'll see...
A huge thanks to everyone who has been buying the album,
joining in the Facebook fun times and generally showing awesome
support. And hopefully I'll get to meet some of you soon!
Figured I would share this with you all as I know there are a
lot of people who have asked for tabs of this track, and it's
pretty fun to play! It's guitar only, and just rhythm. I also
haven't made TABs before so, if there are any goofs well...just let
me know! But I think it all checks out :]
Those of you with a keen eye will have noticed that there is
a new link up top, called 'Diary'. No, it's not a place for me to
pour my heart out like a love sick teenager - instead, I'll be
recording as much of the writing/tracking/mixing process as
possible and posting it up there as it progresses. Bookmark it or
subscribe to the feed and prepare for some total geekout
Classic Rock presents Prog
will have noticed that 'Under One Sky' made it onto the cover disc
of the last issue. This issue you'll find an interview by Dom
Lawson and a picture of yours-truly so offensively large, you can
practically count the hairs in my beard. On sale now!
A massive thank you to Dom for the immensley kind words, and to
James at Hold Tight! PR for getting the album out to the right
ears. Have a good evening everyone!
Why didn't anyone tell me the old site looked so bad? You
guys placate me too much. The new site is here and while still
missing some bells and whistles, it's generally nicer to look at.
There are a few things still yet to come - a Downloads area
(including TABs), a tidied up Media section, and sadly Imperium
Vorago has once again bitten the dust. But it will be back! I'm
sourcing some nifty dual CD cases so in future, double orders will
come in one -uncracked- case.
As for news, Euroblast is still looming on the horizon and
all is set for October. I've recently forged a simian alliance with
the good folk over at
Toontrack, so expect a whole
bunch of tests and clips and WIPs. And also, I'm very pleased to
announce I am on board team
Roland. This does indeed mean
what you think it means...no more keyboard drumming.
That's all for now. The site will be added to slowly but
surely. Again. If you have any problems with the site, or the
store, just head over to the contact form.