Mark Hamilton (guitarist)

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Mark Hamilton
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Mark Hamilton on stage 2005
Background information
Origin Truro, Cornwall, England
Genres Rock, pop, heavy metal, emo
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Electric and acoustic guitar, vocals, drums
Years active 1995–present
Labels Warner Bros. Records, ICC/Elevation
Associated acts Quench, Josh Doyle, Vicky Beeching, Doug Walker, Martyn Layzell, Psalmistry, TVB, Miriam Jones
Website Mark Hamilton official website

Mark Hamilton is a British lead guitarist who plays for UK rock band Quench,[1] (ICC Records). He has also played for Warner Bros’ Top 40 artist Doug Walker and features on Doug’s debut album Fear Together (2009) (produced by Danton Supple – producer of Coldplay’s X&Y etc.) as well as ex Dum Dums frontman Josh Doyle in the USA, Vicky Beeching and Martyn Layzell (Survivor Records). He has also appeared with various other artists for TV and recording sessions including Italian superstar Elisa, on the same bill as Destiny's Child at an MTV Live event. His most recent tour is as part of Josh Doyle's band on his current UK tour in May 2009.[2]

His nickname 'Magic' originates from a Doug Walker radio session on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show, where O'Leary referred to Hamilton as 'Magic' after misreading his name on a handwritten note.

Other projects Mark has been linked to include Breakbeat/Punk/Thrash band Psalmistry, pop band TVB and comedy 70s Funk/Disco covers band The Mojo Collective.

Biography[edit]

Mark Hamilton was born in Truro, Cornwall, England and lived in Newquay, Cornwall for the first few years of his life. His family then moved to Alton, Hampshire where at the age of 16 he taught himself to play guitar. His first real taste of playing in bands was on The University of Exeter band scene, where he won the award for best guitarist two years running at the Battle of the Bands competition. He graduated from Exeter University with a Law Degree, a qualification he has never used as he has played guitar professionally since graduating. He has lived much of his adult life in Oxford and has also been involved in the Oxford music scene. Mark also has a Diploma in Contemporary Music (with Honours) from the Academy of Contemporary Music (Guildford).

Equipment[edit]

Guitars:

  • Fender USA Strat Plus (customised with his trademark mirror scratchplate, Graphtech Ghost piezo saddles and pre-amp, and a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pick-up with coil tap)
  • Fender USA Standard Telecaster
  • Taylor 314CE
  • Gibson Les Paul Standard
  • Gibson Firebird Studio

Effects:

  • Line 6: DL4, MM4 and FM4,
  • MXR EVH Phase 90
  • Electro Harmonix Mini Q-Tron
  • Digitech Whammy IV
  • Seabro Tubestation Talk Box
  • Ibanez TS9DX,
  • Boss TU-2, OC-2, TR-2
  • Jim Dunlop Cry Baby,
  • Ebow Plus

Amplifiers:

  • Mesa/Boogie MKV Head
  • Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Special 2X12 Combo
  • Mesa/Boogie 2X12 and 4X12 Rectifier Cabinets.

Endorsements: Mesa/Boogie, Line 6, Picato Musicians Strings, Pedal Train Cases.

Discography[edit]

  • Route 66 (live) by Vicky Beeching (Spring Harvest) (2011)
  • High School Soldier (on the Values and Virtues EP) by Josh Doyle (2009)
  • Fear Together by Doug Walker (2009)
  • Reality Radio by Quench (2008)
  • Stand In Awe (live) by Martyn Layzell and St Aldates (2006)
  • One God (live) by Martyn Layzell (Spring Harvest) (2006)
  • Heavenbound (live) by Martyn Layzell (New Wine) (2006)
  • Dredd vs Death OST PlayStation/Xbox/PC game (2003)
  • Afterglow by Quench (2003)
  • Barnroom Demos by Entrace Thesis (Josh Doyle) (2002)
  • Mandora EP by Mandora (2003)
  • Icons Be Bygones by Ripcord (2001)
  • Number One Superguy by Numberone Superguy (2000)
  • Rumpus Room by Ripcord (2000)
  • What About Us by TVB (1997)

Plus guest appearances on recordings by Psalmistry and Freeslave[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with Mark Hamilton about Quench's album Afterglow
  2. ^ Josh Doyle's UK 2009 tour
  3. ^ Sharp, Chris (January 2005). "Freeslave – Remember The Day". Cross Rhythms (85).  (Freeslave review featuring Mark Hamilton

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