photo: Anthony Den-Hartog

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 FestivalMelbourne Zoo TwilightsThe Blue Mountains Music FestivalUrban Country Music FestivalWollombi Music FestivalYabunBendigo Blues and Roots FestivalHomeground FestivalMullum Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Sydney Festival and Darebin Music Feast to name a few.

Current Projects:

Sal Kimber and The Rollin Wheel

Black Jesus Experience

Mo’ Sco: The Music Of John Scofield

Corporate / Wedding:

The Bridgettes (Melbourne)

Sam Ludeman (Melbourne)

The Tuners (Sydney)

The One Night Wonders (Melbourne)

Pink Zinc (Byron Bay)

Push (Lismore)

Live / Session Credits:

Sal Kimber

Black Jesus Experience

Alex Hahn and the Blue Riders

Laura Ingram

Jesse Witney

Benny Walker

Dave Ades

Scott Hills

Steve Russell

Tim Sladden

Esther Stephens

Simon Wright

Peter Chapman

Sinead Burgess