Guy Pratt

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Guy Pratt
Guy Pratt On An Island Tour Cropped.png
Pratt performing live in Munich,
Germany, in 2006
Background information
Born (1962-01-03) 3 January 1962 (age 54)
Lambeth, London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • record producer
  • music programmer
  • comedian
  • actor
  • graphic designer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
  • keyboards
  • guitar
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts
Website guypratt.com
Notable instruments

Guy Pratt (born 3 January 1962) is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, comedian, and actor.

In a music career spanning more than 30 years, Pratt is best known for his work as a prolific session bass player, working with artists including Pink Floyd (also David Gilmour), Roxy Music (also Bryan Ferry), Madonna, Michael Jackson,[1] The Smiths, Robert Palmer, Echo & the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears, Bananarama, Iggy Pop, Tom Jones, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Whitesnake, Womack & Womack, Kirsty MacColl, Gary Moore, Coverdale•Page, Lemon Jelly, The Orb, All Saints, Stephen Duffy, Robbie Robertson, and A. R. Rahman. In addition to his work as a session musician, Pratt has been a member of the Australian rock band Icehouse, and is currently a member of the electronica band Transit Kings with Alex Paterson (of The Orb), Jimmy Cauty (of the KLF), and Dom Beken. Pratt and Cauty also released the single "I Wanna 1-2-1 With You" as Solid Gold Chartbusters.[2]

Pratt has also been an actor and worked on TV and film soundtracks, including Dick Tracy (1990), Last Action Hero (1993), Hackers (1995), Still Crazy (1998), and Johnny English Reborn (2011). In 2005, he debuted a one-man music and comedy show.

Early years[edit]

Guy Pratt was born on 3 January 1962, in a flat above a shop on the street The Cut, in Lambeth, London, England. His father, Mike Pratt, was an actor, songwriter, and screenwriter. He worked for a while as a graphic designer, but then decided to concentrate on a music career. In 1981, he was asked to tour with Icehouse at the age of 19. Two years later he supported David Bowie on his Serious Moonlight Tour, which was Bowie's longest, largest, and most successful concert tour. This led to other engagements including a stint with Pink Floyd. He also spent some time in Los Angeles, California, where he played with Madonna, and Michael Jackson.[3]

Career[edit]

Pratt came to prominence when he was chosen as the bass player for Pink Floyd's post-Roger Waters A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour in 1987–90, and The Division Bell Tour in 1994. He co-performed the lead vocals on "Run Like Hell", "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2", "Us and Them", and "Comfortably Numb" with Gilmour during the live shows. He also played bass on several tracks on The Division Bell. Tony Levin had performed most of the bass parts on A Momentary Lapse of Reason, with Pratt replacing him on the later tour due to Levin's unavailability.[4][5] Pratt also toured as part of Gilmour's On an Island Tour backing band, alongside another Pink Floyd member (and his father-in-law), Richard Wright.[6]

Besides working as a bass player, Pratt is a songwriter and composes music for TV and film. As a songwriter, Pratt co-wrote the UK Number 1 hit "Ain't No Doubt", sung by Jimmy Nail.[7] He produced, co-wrote and played bass, guitar and keyboards on the music for the 1998 Channel 4 drama series The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star. With regular collaborator Dom Beken, he provided the theme music to Spaced, where he also appeared as the character Minty. Pratt also acted in Linda Green and appeared in an episode of the remake of Randall & Hopkirk, starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Pratt's father Mike Pratt played the part of Jeff Randall in the original 1960s series. Pratt also plays as a regular in the backing band for the BBC Radio 2 comedy music programme Jammin' with Rowland Rivron.[8]

In August 2005, Pratt's one-man music and comedy show, My Bass & Other Animals, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival, which led to his book of the same name, published in May 2007.[9][10] Pratt spent 2011 performing stand-up in Switzerland, Australia, and at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as on a South American tour playing bass guitar for Dominic Miller.

On April 2010, Pratt joined Argentinian band The End Pink Floyd, with Durga McBroom and Jon Carin, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On 13 June 2011, Pratt joined the Australian Pink Floyd Show on stage for the Hampton Court Palace Festival for the song "Run Like Hell". On 9 November 2013, Pratt joined the UK Pink Floyd cover band Brit Floyd on stage as a special guest during the Liverpool leg of their Pulse tour.[11] He performed on the songs "One of These Days", "Comfortably Numb" and shared lead vocals with the band's lead singer Damian Darlington during the finale of "Run Like Hell".

Equipment[edit]

Pratt's standard bass guitar arsenal includes a selection of various vintage Fender Precision and Jazz Basses, three Music Man StingRay 4-strings (black with rosewood fretboard and black pickguard, black with maple fretboard and white pickguard, natural with maple fretboard and black pickguard), a pair of headless Status 4 and 5-strings (fretless and fretted) and an amber Stuart Spector NS2.

During David Gilmour's On An Island Tour, he mainly used a 3-colour sunburst 1961 Fender Precision, a burgundy mist 1963 Fender Jazz named 'Betsy', a Status Vintage GP Signature and a Framus Triumph electric upright bass. On Gilmour's Live in Gdańsk DVD he is seen playing his Fender Jazz and Precision Basses as well as a Candy Apple Red Lakland Joe Osborn signature fretless Jazz Bass and a Rickenbacker 4001. On the studio jamming sessions included in the DVD, he played several Fender Jazz Basses, a Hofner Icon bass and a Ned Steinberger Design CR electric upright.[12]

Pratt played his fretted 5-string and fretless 4-string Status headless basses, the amber Spector NS2, the burgundy mist "Betsy" 1963 Jazz Bass and two Precision Basses (a 2-colour sunburst 1958 and a "single-coil pickup" butterscotch blonde 1951) during the Pulse concerts in 1994.

His amps are usually Ashdown ABM heads and Ashdown ABM 810 Cabinets although when playing with Gilmour they are WEM badged to match Gilmour's cabinets.

Awards[edit]

Pratt won a Grammy Award in 1995 for "Marooned," an instrumental track on Pink Floyd's 1994 album, The Division Bell.[13] He has also been nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards and was awarded an ARIA Award for his work with Icehouse.

Writing[edit]

Pratt is the author of a book:

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, Pratt married Gala Wright, daughter of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. The couple live with their son in Brighton.

Discography[edit]