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Synopsis & Credits.
John Beattie aka Johnofett was brought up in the town of Springburn in Glasgow. His parents were profoundly deaf. He now lives in Coatbridge.
Always having the love of music, his musical venture started back in school at the age of 13, joining an American style marching band playing various percussion instruments from snare to rota toms. He competed in nationwide competitions. A Scottish television documentary tracked the Springburn Drum and Bugle Corps life in and around the run down area of the town outside of Glasgow's City Centre.
After leaving school Johnís passion grew from strength to strength. He explored different percussion instruments from all over the world, particularly those of African or Asian origin. During the 1980ís his musical tastes moved towards the synth pop genre where he was heavily influenced by singers and groups like Howard Jones, Duran Duran, Ultravox, Depeche Mode, the Human League, Blancmange. The post punk band Adam and the Ants also inspired because of the use of native American and African drum arrangements. Other influences range from 60ís & 70ís - Detective TV themes, John Barry, The Beatles and David Bowie. The late 1980s saw John join various groups as a drummer playing gigs all around Glasgow and playing on various demo recordings. one session at the home of the late Manny Charlton from the 70ís rock outfit Nazareth.
The 1990s shifted John's interest in music to writing and recording songs with some friends, especially in the genre of electronic/rock. He also experimented with ambient styles. After parting ways with a few of these friends John decided to compose and arrange his own compositions. From 2006 he concentrated on doing simple demos of his own work generally with a fusion of styles - rock, country, drum and bass back beats, electronica, pop and ambient. Up until the present day he has created over 30 songs. A major influence is Peter Gabriel. Along with cover versions and a few collaborations with family and You Tube friends, John has worked closely with a friend from Newcastle - Graeme Holland (aka Gcom on YouTube). Their collaboration continues to grow.
All rights reserved: John Beattie 2012.
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