Mike Blatchford - Saxophone, Percussion

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Mike Blatchford

Mike Blatchford - Saxophone, Percussion

Biography

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's our very own Mike Blatchford, a man so talented he somehow plays both the saxophone and congas at the same. But who is this suave, charming gentleman, which Pink Floyd song made him jump and does Annie Lennox remember their chance encounter?

Describe yourself in three words

Moustache, easygoing, childish.

What is the first photo saved on your phone?

My daughter in blue going to her prom!

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Mike's first photo

What is your favourite Pink Floyd album?

Dark Side of the Moon. I remember when it first came out (yes I am that old), the first listen was at my friend's house in a dark room with quadraphonic sound at full volume. I recall the bells in "Time" making me jump so high, I expect the claw marks are still in his parents living room ceiling.

What is your favourite Pink Floyd song?

Keep Talking, I love the way it builds and for some reason always makes me feel emotional.

Which Pink Floyd song do you enjoy playing the most?

Pigs for percussion and Shine On You Crazy Diamond for saxophone.

What’s your most favourite place you’ve toured?

Without doubt Russia. I love the county, scenery and the beautiful people.

What’s your most favourite show you’ve ever played?

I played with Imagination, Tavares and Heatwave. We did 3 x 15 minute sets between these bands.

Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?

Annie Lennox. I was walking into Harrods as she was walking out. I thought she was someone I knew so I said hello... of course I was not someone that she knew but she still said hello back anyway! How embarrassing!

Who or what made you want to become a musician?

I remember watching Marc Bolan on Top of the Pops and thinking I could do that.

Outside of Pink Floyd who are your biggest musical heroes and influences?

Micheal Brecker for saxophone, Giovanni Hidalgo for congas and Stevie Wonder for songwriting.

If you could play in any other band, past or present, what would it be?

David Bowie.

Give us a quick rundown of your gear?

Various hand percussion. LP Palladium congas, Selmer Mk6 tenor sax, Yanaigasawa soprano sax (if we ever play "Set the Controls").

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Mike Blatchford

What’s your most favourite bit of gear?

My Selmer Mk6 vintage sax has been with me so long it’s almost part of me. I feel a genuine love for it when we are near.

What advice would you give to any aspiring musician?

Practice, practice, practice.

What was the first album you ever bought?

Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy".

Desert Island Disks: which one album and three singles would you take?

Album: Kind of Blue - Miles Davis. Singles: Workhouse by Nubian Twist (fave contemporary band), Bambalayo by Gypsy Kings (my first dance wedding song), Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland.

And who would you want to be stuck on the island with?

Steve Harrison: my yoga teacher.

What totally pointless superpower would you like?

Power of flight, it would save a fortune in air fares and no waiting around in departure lounges and good for the environment.

Would you rather be in bed on a Sunday morning or on holiday on a tropical beach?

On a tropical beach. I am an early riser and love the sea.

Would you rather be incredibly funny or incredibly clever?

Incredibly clever cos then I could learn to be funny (or is that cheating?).

Would you rather be a famous inventor or a famous writer?

Inventor. I fancy myself holed up and locked away turning out new inventions.

Which song do wish you wrote?

Alfie by Burt Bacharach.

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