Richard discovered the bass guitar in his teens through the music of Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Rage Against The Machine. He later moved to the N.S.W north coast to study with Greg Lyon at Southern Cross University graduating with a Bachelor of Contemporary Music. He honed his skills playing for various wedding / cover bands and was lucky enough to play with some of the best musicians in the area including Dave Ades (alto) and Scott Hills (drums). In 2012 Richard moved to Melbourne to study at the VCA where he completed his Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) and learnt from electric bassist / composer Christopher Hale. Since then Richard has played in various bands around Melbourne and toured the country with different acts in a variety of styles. No matter what style he is playing, he always draws inspiration from his hero’s James Jamerson and Paul Chambers and is happiest when he sitting in the pocket with the rhythm section. He teaches from his home studio in Ivanhoe and is a staff member teaching bass at Beaconhills College.
As a freelance bass player, Richard has played at Woodford Folk Festival, Melbourne Zoo Twilights, The Blue Mountains Music Festival, Urban Country Music Festival, Wollombi Music Festival, Yabun, Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Homeground Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Sydney Festival and Darebin Music Feast to name a few.
Corporate / Wedding:
The Bridgettes (Melbourne)
The Tuners (Sydney)
The One Night Wonders (Melbourne)
Pink Zinc (Byron Bay)