Kamakura – iteration 4 are:
Nick Calvert – Vocalist, Acoustic Guitar.
Mick Dorey – Vocalist, Keyboards.
Mark Wright – Lead Guitar.
Nick Ward – Drums.
Martin Haslam – Bass.
Kamakura started life as Nick Calvert’s online performance name over at rather a peachy website: www.songfight.org. The idea was (and occasionally still is) to write, record and upload a song in a week to a title given to you by the site.
I wrote around thirty songs – simple tuneful songs played by a guy with a guitar, or sometimes, a guy and a keyboard. And I made some good friends – some of whom I collaborated with, too. In 2004 Songfight went live and the artists living in the UK got together to play a gig.
That was iteration 1.
Iteration 2 began soon after the Songfight UK gig. I wanted to carry on playing live, but needed at least one more musician. David Loach joined for a short while playing guitar and bass and singing harmonies. As a duo it wasn’t bad, but David lived a ways a way and left to be replaced by Mick Dorey.
Mick Dorey and I go back a long way. He’s not only my co-producer, but my best friend as well. We played a lot of gigs around Hastings and then in June 2005 played at the Pestalozzi Festival.
In 2008 we played at another festival and met Mark Wright who joined the band as lead guitarist.
Which is iteration 3.
In late 2009 we recorded our first album ‘Dealing with Liquids.’
Then came iteration 4, which brought in Nick Ward on drums and Martin Haslam on bass. Now we’re a real live in your face band playing prog-pop. And we’re damn good at it, too.
Come and see us live (check out the gigs page on our website) – if you can. Otherwise buy an album, or wait until we record the next one.
Iteration 5 will, no doubt, be along at some point, but probably not as a live act.