The Flying Scotsman: NICK ANDREW!

Today's Elevenses Throws Eleven Quick Questions At 'The Flying Scotsman' Nick Andrew!

Nick Andrew is a remarkably accomplished guitarist whose range encompasses the full spectrum from flamenco and classical to jazz and rock and he is not only a dazzling soloist but also an intuitive and creative rhythm player. He has in the past worked on a wide range of solo and collaborative projects with various cover bands including FU2K (a U2 tribute band) and members of Paul Wellers band and Napalm Death (no joke!).

Solo? is Nicks first solo album and is available online at CD Baby, Guitar 9, CD Unsigned and Abstract Logix. It is also available to download from Itunes, Rhapsody, emusic and many others. Hold the Front Page by Nicks Fusion band, Curfew, is also available.  Also, Nick can be seen playing with Jazz Fusioneers Curfew (

So what’s your drink of choice at 11am in the morning?

If I’m awake I’ll consume the strongest coffee I can find and play playstation!

Which song/album really made you want to play guitar?

Iron Maidens ‘Live After Death’. I was originally a drummer, but I had borrowed a mate’s guitar and I was miming along with ‘Wrathchild’ and I accidentally played the right chord at the right time. I thought this couldn’t be that difficult!! I then learned the song, then everything on the album, then all my albums. I then realised that a guitar and a wee amp was easier to get on a bus than a drum kit and that was it.

Who’s the world’s greatest guitarist?

Take your pick - Sylvain Luc, Birrelli Lagrene, Allan Holdsworth, Paco de Lucia, Jeff Beck... Anyone who does something interesting.

Who’s the world’s most underrated guitarist?

Jennifer Batten, Gregg Koch, Nguyen Le. Also Niccolo Paganini, who was as good a guitarist as he was a violinist!

So what are you up to at the moment?

My band Curfew are currently putting together a masterclass tour of music colleges. These involve performing as a band, then discussing different aspects of what we do from the compositional side to theory and technique.
As well as lots of depping, I’ve just finished producing an album with Wiltshire’s answer to Pink Floyd meets Dream Theatre wearing Spocks Beard. They are called Vienna Circle.

I’ll be adding a few vids to my website and youtube of Curfew and of me mucking around with my new RC-50 pedal. My video camera is broken at the moment, but when it’s fixed I have an all new midi column ready to go.
I’m still doing private lessons in Watford and performing solo master classes here and there.

What was the last gig you went to (as a member of the audience)?
Who would be in your dream line-up?

Been to a few great gigs, the most recent being Hadrien Feroud, a French bassist who has played with Chick and John Mcglaughlin! His band are awesome and his guitarist, Jim Grandcamp has a great feel.
Return to Forever at the Indigo, which was easily the best gig I have ever been to. Everyone in the band was on fire. Chick (Corea) is my hero!

I do also have to mention Joe Zawinul at the Jazz café last year. It was another awesome, mind-blowing gig. We had a wee chat with the band afterwards including the excellent Linley Marthe. We then went for a Curry round the corner and Joe was there so we had a wee chat and I got my picture taken with him. He passed away a couple of months later, which was sad. He was a great storyteller and a huge inspiration to me.

Steve Smith - Drums
Victor Wooten - Bass
Chick Corea - Keys
John Mcglaughlin - Guitar tech
Kelly Brooke/Sophie Merceau - Standing by the side of the stage with my beer and a bowl of nibbles!
Dr Who - Manager
The Stig - Chauffeur
Steven Segal - Security

How many guitars do your own and which one is ‘your precious’?

I’ve still got a few guitars although most of them are in disrepair as I am always skint.
I am best known for my Electric Banana which is a heavily modified dessert yellow Ibanez RG 550 which I bought in 1988.
I love all of my guitars and, like children, I have no favourites. I use different ones for different jobs.

What’s the last great album that you bought (or were given)?

Duet by Sylvain Luc and Birrelli Largene. I put it into my car CD changer when I got it in October last year and I’ve not taken it out yet. It’s a wee bit like a mellower, jazzier version of the Paco, John and Al acoustic trio albums.

Do you suffer from stage fright?

No, but I hate coming off stage. I used to become introverted, overly critical, embarrassed and resentful of my performance, but now I’m just happy if I get through a performance and no one gets hurt!

So what’s your drink of choice at 11pm in the evening?

The best beer in the world, ‘Innis and Gunn’. It’s Scottish you know!
I have also been known to quaff a good Rioja, Bordeaux, Fitou or Marlbrough Sauvingion Blanc.
Spirit of choice is Tequila, but it is hard to get a good quality one in this country! Or an overly expensive 20 yr old Brandy.