Pete Roth is a London based Guitarist and Composer whose melodic Jazz writing and emotional tunes make an unforgettable listen.
Writing and performing music was something that always seemed a natural progression to me. Ever since the early beginning of my musical journey at age 11 when I picked up the guitar for the first time.
I was very lucky to be able to perform publicly from a very early age on by being involved in the school's band led in a passionate way by Miss Kern, a brilliant piano player in her own right. Many wrong notes later and at least 10 bands later I have found myself backing a major artist at a prime time television show "Hitparade der Volksmusik".
I took this as an incentive to take music to the next level and moved to Guildford 30 minutes south of London to study popular music and Jazz under the brilliant Stefan Redtenbacher.
It was here where my love for variety in music such as Jazz and Latin got fed with the right ingredients. I found myself in a very vibrant environment and started gigging almost immediately. It was in this scene where I was allowed to be part of projects which put me on an inevitable path. Just after my first studio recording for Radio Capitol FM
I started as musical director on a private Television show called "Virtuoso Song Contest". An X-Factor type of idea. The show unfortunately never got off the ground. If it was because of me, many apologies, I don't hope so. On the back of this I was offered a contract to go on a cruise ship and ended up 6 months on and off and seeing nearly the entire world from Southampton to Vietnam.
It was from then on when things really started to pick up and I had a run of performing with some of England's most prestigious Jazz and Classical musicians. There were unforgettable moments when I was asked to play with the London Gala Orchestra under the Musical Direction of the brilliant Steve Bell. I turned up at the gig with a newly bought acoustic nylon string guitar, my pride and joy, for £500. I got it out of the case and showed it proudly around thinking this must be the best thing those guys have ever seen. The violin player next to me then got her violin out of the case which was a £250,000 pound instrument. I sat quietly in a corner for the rest of the evening. :-)
There were many others such as Maria Friedmann a protégé of Stephen Sondheim and Michel Legrand, Teatro a platinum selling vocal group, the mad Irish Sam Flynne who made his name as piano player for the Eurhythmics, Roachford and Steve Wonder or the unforgettable Rosemarie Squires best known for singing with Les Paul and the magic Brian Dee who made his name MDing Miles Davis.
In the five years of my professional life I had the luck to play in some of the best venues in Europe such as the Purcell Room in the Royal Festival Hall being on the same bill with one of my heroes John Scofield. All in all there are too many to name.
In the last two years I have made an effort to move towards being a leader of my own outfit in order to find a medium in which to express my own musical thought. Something that always strongly resonated within me.
Especially working together with Giorgio Serci a Naim Label artist and the multi-talented Nicholas Meier, ex-Naim now MGP Records, has set a fire and desire alight which led to the writing and recording of my own music...
But it was when I got Nicholas Meier to agree to be the producer and play guitar with me when things began to move in the right direction. We formed a band together with the amazing Alun Harries on drums and the beautiful melodic Dave Suttle on Bass.
We recorded an Album called "Meridian" which has only original compositions on it. Its a Quartet recording with two guitars, upright bass and drums. It features some Latin influenced tracks to a more ECM vibe and melodic Jazz Ballads.
I feel very blessed to have become part of the MGP Records Family, a small record label with emphasis on high quality guitar music.
Well that's my little story, I hope you had some fun reading it.