- Jonny Maudling
Infobox musical artist
Name = Jonny Maudling
Img_capt = Jonny Maudling
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Sheffield England, England
Birth_name = Jonathan Maudling
Instrument = Keyboards/
Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, drums
Genre = Metal/Soundtrack
Occupation = Composer/Musician/Engineer
Years_active = 1988 - present
Bal-Sagoth My Dying Bride
URL = [http://www.jonnymaudling.com/ jonnymaudling.com]
Roland Fantom x7 Jonny Maudling(born Jonathan Maudling) is an English composer, keyboard player and former drummerfor the band Bal-Sagoth. Jonny Maudlings' primary instruments are Roland synthesizers when playing live. He comes from a musical family and was classically trained on Piano-fortefrom an early age. He has contributed to two My Dying Bridestudio albums, and has also composed musicfor the video game Adellion. Currently, Jonny is a producer and engineer, operating his own recording studiocalled Waylands Forge Studiosin Yorkshire, England.
composes the music for Bal-Sagoth, sometimes incorporating ideas from his brother, guitarist Chris Maudling. He played drums on the first three Bal-Sagothalbums and on subsequent tours, using a session keyboard player, but in 1999 Jonny opted to concentrate full time on keyboards and composition, handing drum duties off to Dave Mackintosh( Dragonforce).
Though he composes music mostly in the
symphonic metal/ black metal genres, Jonny's main influences include mostly non-metal bands such as The Police, Tangerine Dream, Queen, Pat Metheny, as well as classical composerssuch as Wagner, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Messiaen and Holst.
Though born in
Kent, Jonny grew up in Sheffield Yorkshire. In Kent, Jonny's parents lived opposite a musicstore in which the store owner, Terry Bradford, who ended up representing Britain in A Song For Europein the 1970s, was a friend of Jonny's father and received free records from all different kinds of artists. Most of which being classical/ contemporary musicand Jazz. Jonny grew up listening to these records, by which educating himself to a wide variety of musical styles. He also had private pianoinstruction, working through the Royal Academy Of Music Grade systemunder Elizabeth Hydes.
At school in
South Yorkshire, he learnt to play guitarand bass guitar. He played in various bands in his teen years, performing gigs in pubsand nightclubsaround the area. He started songwriting at this time. He bought his first synthesizerin the mid 1980s with the money he earned working a Saturday job. After school, Jonny tried out for music college, but was ultimately considered a borderline candidatewith substandard sight-readingability. Together with failed auditions, Jonny opted instead to concentrate on band work.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s he played bass, sang and composed songs for a
thrash metaloutfit called Ignitor. Brought together from Jonny's musical friends, this band recorded two demosand also performed gigs around England, the peak of which was supporting a well-known thrash metal outfit called Xentrix. While in Ignitor, he met several future Bal-Sagothband-mates to be in other bands he was gigging with. One of these musicians was Mac, who played guitar in a thrash metal band called Systematic Insanitywith Nicholas Barkeron the drums: ( Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir). Also during this time, Chris (Jonny's brother) had shown interest in the guitar. Jonny initially taught him to play, and Chris had practice sessions with Jonny on the drums and odd school/ collegemates that could play, some of which who filtered into the equation later on. Chris picked up the guitarquickly and today has established himself as one of the great metal guitar "shredders".
After the demise of Ignitor, Jonny was out of the band environment, but his brother Chris had started a non-serious band with some old friends. Jonny would help out on the drums from time to time. Eventually they asked Mac to play lead guitar.
As they became more competent, they realised they needed a
frontman. Jonny was introduced to vocalist/ lyricist Byron Robertsthrough Mac, who knew of Byron from the Sheffield metal community. Byron had been looking for talented musicianswith which to launch his Bal-Sagoth symphonic black metalproject, but up until then had been unable to meet anyone interested in the idea. Mac asked Byron to a rehearsal session. Chris Maudling took rhythm guitarduties, and Jason Porter, one of Chris's friends, played bass. Byron became part of the fledgling group.
This new band slowly began writing their own material. Although raw in sound, this was in essence a taste of what was to come. The band went loosely under the non-serious project name of "Dusk", as Mac did not like the name
Bal-Sagoth, nor the symphonic black metal direction which Byron had suggested. It was during this time that the band honed their skills, but as yet, there were still no keyboards.
Because of creative and musical differences in direction and style, the band parted ways with Mac. With the implementation of keyboards, initially suggested by Byron, the band found their focus. Byron had the creative team he had long sought and brought a vision to the band. For Jonny this presented a creative musical freedom which set the outfit apart from the rest. Byron, an English post-grad with an interest in 20th century pulp sci-fi writers, could finally implement the ideas he had had for years.
Bal-Sagothwas thus born.
With keyboards playing an essential role in the sound, Jonny started to write the music using them, creating what would become the "Bal-Sagoth sound".
The band quickly recorded a low budget demo using riffs and songs salvaged from former Dusk sessions married with new material. Byron at this time was circulating flyers to the metal underground, generating interest from record labels. On the strength of the demo they were finally snapped up by
Cacophonous Records, a then small subsidiary of Vinyl Solutionbased in London. The band signed a three album deal. Later, they would sign to Nuclear Blastfor three albums, recording a total of six albums to date.
Mac actually joined the band on tour, replacing Jason Porter just after the
Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thulealbum was released. He accompanied them across Europewith Dark Funeraland later that year with Emperor.
Jonny has used various keyboards/Synths over the years including, Casio CZ-1000, Yamaha Dx21, Korg M1, Roland XP-50 and Roland Fantom X7.
* [http://www.jonnymaudling.com Jonny's official site]
* [http://www.myspace.com/jonnymaudling Jonny's myspace page]
* [http://www.myspace.com/waylandsforgestudio Wayland's Forge Studio myspace]
* [http://www.bal-sagoth.com Bal-Sagoth official site]
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