ABOUT - AIDAN 'BONE' BOWEN
"I bought my first 6-string at sixteen with money I had saved from robbing old ladies at the bus stop."
- Bone -
It’s a miracle that I ever started to learn an instrument, let alone write original music or play in a band.
Before I could walk my mother (a talented dancer at the time) would place me in my bouncer in the kitchen doorway whilst she played some of her favourite 45’s.
Whilst she would be singing away and dancing around to the beat, I would be bouncing to the offbeat. Whether it was The Carpenters, Janis Joplin or Hendrix the result was the same. This lack of apparent rhythm did little to convince her that I should be encouraged to take up music,
Indeed, up until my teens my only exposure to playing musical instruments of any kind stretched to a few blasts on my grandfather’s penny whistle or a quick bash (literally) on my Grandmother’s grand piano; whereupon I would be told it’s not a toy and to get off!
However, all was not completely lost as before my voice broke I did posses quite an angelic voice and was a soloist in my local church and school choirs.
But then, I had my own Eureka moment and discovered Rock music and, like a moth to flame,.....
I was drawn to try to emulate the talents of those who would have such a strong and lasting influence on me. Starting with The Police things quickly developed to me having an unhealthy following for the stalwarts of the genre; Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Kiss (still one of my favourite bands to this day).
I bought my first 6 string (a Squire Katana - looked cool but impossible to play sitting down) at sixteen with money I had saved from robbing old ladies at the bus stop (sic).
I set about trying to learn as best I could and aside from the odd mealtime would not be seen for days on end as I did my level best to break my father’s hi-fi amp and speakers.
After a few months I had mastered a few classic tunes and felt ready to take things to the next stage.
Like all self-respecting Rock-Gods I needed a band and hooked up with one of my best and oldest mates, Rob Cullen (guitar/keys in the band), to form Heirborn, a south coast rock originals band along with a couple of mates from college.
We worked hard; rehearsing every week, writing about our (numerous) failed relationships with the fairer sex and gigging at local venues such as The Zap Club and Pressure Point in Brighton.
We recorded an album of original material with Curtis Schwartz’s at his studio (he was engineer for The Cutting Crew, Siouxsie & The Banshees at the time). At the age of 18 this was a special time.
Over the past 25 years I’ve been involved professionally with a number of high-profile bands and organisations.
I’ve designed and toured a high-performance video broadcast platform for Radiohead’s 2012 World Tour that enabled access to the on-stage action via your smartphone wherever you were in the auditorium.
This was extremely advanced technology for its day and even now has never been replicated to my knowledge.
I’ve also designed and deployed dozens of high performance studio data networks including a recent deployment for Cato Music’s new rehearsal studios in London (Muse Tour Management), extensive works at prestigious UK music academies (ACM/Metropolis) and my business has supplied countless individual producers & artists with equipment to enable them to bring their specific music to a wider, global audience.
I am immensely proud of what we’ve achieved and for the support of our talented and inspiring clientele.
Now that my business and my family are both maturing to the point where I am seen as more a hindrance than a blessing, I can once again follow my heart and get back to the music.
Although I love the guitar and have quite a collection of wonderful specimens, I recently diverted my energies towards playing the bass. Having been a fan of their previous band, Hardcore Troubadour, I was delighted to be asked to contribute to Rob & Kevs latest project and this is now where my future lies; as the other half of the rhythm section in Deadbeat Angels!
John Entwistle, Paul Turner, Gene Simmons, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Brian May, Mark Tremonti.
Spector Euro 4LX ‘40th Anniversary’ bass, Spector Fretless Bass, Ibanez SRKP4 bass, Mark Bass Amplifiers. Eventide, Boss, Digitech, EHX & Source Audio effects.
The Police @ Brighton Centre 1984, AlterBridge @ Wembley 2013, Foo Fighters @ Milton Keynes 2015.