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I started playing at age 9. I took lessons for 6mths and at the same took tennis lessons. I was eventually told by my parents to choose one or the other. I took guitar, my brother took tennis.
I kept playing and eventually went to Brandmans Music Studios Rockdale where I began lessons with Vince Lombardo, who was ultimately the most important influence in my career. He introduced me to many styles of music and ever got me as a Junior Teacher. I used to win "Best Guitar Student" there every year. (It must have been the cakes my mum made for them)!
Throughout high school, I started playing in bands and at wedding receptions, (mostly as a bass player). After leaving school I worked in many music shops as a teacher, while constantly playing in cover bands and reception bands. It snowballed from there. One thing led to another and I started working in touring bands like Richard Clapton, Dragon, Darryl Braithwaite, Rick Price, Margaret Urlich, The Monkeys Tom Jones, Shania Twain, The Bushwakers, Bo Diddly, Ross Wilson, Stevie Wright, Angry Anderson and John Farhnam etc.
In '86, I started doing sessions. I continue to do them today simply because I love the total focus and it allows me to be creative every day. Some of the artists i have recorded for are: Anthony Callea, Australian Idol cast albums, Bob Down, Danielle Spencer, Daryl Braithwaite, Doc Neeson, Dragon, Grace Knight, Guy Sebastian, Hi5, Human Nature, Jenny Morris, Jimmy Barnes, John Schuman, Julie Anthony, Margaret Urlich, Mark Hunter, Max Sharam, Neil Murray, Paul Kelly, Shanon Noll, Sharon O'Neil, Simon Philips, Yothu Yindi.
My influences are as diverse as my styles. From Hendrix to all the "Steves" Via, Luke, Morse, Hackett, Howe, etc) Zappa, Landau, Nuno"
I do lots of sessions. I write record and produce a few selected acts at my studio (www.peternorthcote.com) and have a residency at the BRIDGE HOTEL Rozelle Sundays at 3.30 to 7pm. Hope to see you at a gig soon. Please come and say Hi.