There are at least two artists with this alias. A microtonal guitar player an electronic music producer from Manchester, UK.
Neil Haverstick was born on September 22, 1951, in St. Louis, Missouri, and started playing guitar in 1965, being highly moved by the music of the Beatles, Yardbirds, Cream, and the general musical atmosphere of the 1960′s. Haverstick is a guitarist, composer, author, and instructor.
As a guitarist, the Denver Post called him “one of the most sought after session players in town.” Haverstick has performed zillions of gigs, such as playing and recording with the Colorado Symphony, including appearances with Judy Collins, Bernadette Peters, Diahann Carroll, Tommy Tune, Ferrante and Teicher, and Bill Conti. He has also played in orchestras backing such artists as Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Charley Pride, and others. With his own bands, he has opened shows for B.B.King, Steve Miller,and King Sunny Ade; he has also backed up blues greats Jim Schwall and Joe Houston. As a freelance guitarist he has played blues, jazz, classical, country, flamenco, and folk, as well as plays (Man of La Mancha, Grease, Always Patsy Cline, The Last Five Years, and A Dream Play, performed at the Cleveland Playhouse, with noted director Pavel Dobrusky) and many private functions. He has also appeared on numerous CD projects by Denver artists, including Clay Kirkland and Mary Stribling.
As a composer, Haverstick won Guitar Player magazine’s 1992 Ultimate Guitar Competition (Experimental Division) with a 19 tone piece, “Spider Chimes.” He also won the 1996 arts Innovation Award in Denver for another 19 tone song, “Jimmy and Joe,” and the 1999 Composition Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts. He has 10 CD’s of original music available featuring music in the 19 and 34 tone systems, as well as fretless guitar. His Microstock festival is in it’s 7th year, and he has performed at concerts in New York, Los Angeles, El Paso, Albuquerque, and Den Haag, the Netherlands. His composition “Mysteries” was published in 2007 by Christine Paquelet Edition Arts (www.paquelet-editions.com). Guitar Player mag said of his compositions, “Bold and daring, Haverstick ventures into distant aural galaxies”.
As an author, Haverstick has written for Guitar Player, Downbeat and Cadence, and has written two music theory books. “The Form of No Forms” was praised by the late studio guitarist Tommy Tedesco, who called it “A great book. I am still learning with Neil.” Jazz giant Joe Pass said, “I feel this book offers a new insight into not only playing the guitar, but music and how to understand it. A real book.” Neil’s latest book, “19 Tones:A New Beginning,” is a look at the 19 tone system of tuning which Haverstick has been working in since 1989.
As an instructor, Haverstick has taught hundreds of students, both privately and in classes. He has been a guest speaker at Dr. Richard Krantz’s Sound and Physics class at Metro State College for many years, and in October, 2004, he taught a seminar on tunings at Berklee College of Music, on the invitation of fusion guitar maestro David Fiuczynski.
The dance music world is built upon a perpetual cycle of imitation and innovation. Those favouring imitation, once a commercially viable formula has been attained, are the ones whose names form national radio playlists whereas the innovators, from Drexciya to dBridge and beyond, are the ones who work to earn the respect of one of the most competitive music scenes in the world.
Tom Neilan AKA Stickman is such an innovator. Raised somewhere in the vast expanse of wilderness outside Manchester, Stickman’s wholly unique sound is the sonic embodiment of a youth spent sitting in front of a battered production setup listening to Hip-Hop tapes on repeat.
Equally adept at crafting earth shaking and subtly moving D&B movements as he is at making dancefloors lose it, a Stickman production is characterised by an audible insouciance, a refreshing attitude to an often over pasteurised process, one where feeling is prioritised over form.
With releases lined up for a slew of big name labels in 2012 and DJ support from the likes of Synkro, Indigo, dBridge, Ruckspin and more, Stickman is destined for the outer reaches of the electronic world
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