I’ve always loved the song ‘Maggot Brain’, from Funkadelic’s album of the same name. Unfortunately I got arthritis when I was 30 or so, and it made playing the guitar kind of tough. I never thought I’d be able to jam with this song as freely as I’d dreamed, but the Seaboard RISE 49 really broadened my horizons and let me give it my best.
I feel ROLI have delivered an instrument that gives articulatory control back to the player, in a way that feels more organic to me than some separate pitch/vibrato joystick. Also, with so many midi controllable articulatory settings, one has a lot of setup options dynamically that can make it easier to play for people who find traditional keyboards a little challenging from time to time. Being able to slide across notes and articulate in different ways helps me balance my style and rest certain fingers when I have to.
The Funkadelic original is truly one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard, legend has it Eddie Hazel was told to play as if his mother had just died. it’s an inimitable piece of music, but as other musicians like Flea have been paying tribute of late, I hope it’s okay that I’ve also set foot on this hallowed ground. I would like to dedicate this performance to my late papa, Will, the man who believed in me and my music enough to turn the Earth in such a way it made my dreams come true.
Lastly, I would like to thank ROLI for their huge support and for endorsing me as one of their official artists. It’s an honour to be showcasing this instrument and a just few of its billions of possibilities. Thanks so much for listening. If you would like to support more music like this, please visit
I released my debut album on August 20th, 2015. It was a big, life-changing moment for me, up there with completing my Master’s Degree in Music Performance. The album featured collaborations with the wonderfully talented Japanese composers Manami Matsumae, Saori Kobayashi and Takahiro Izutani, and was featured in RocketNews as well as Time Out magazine. It’s now half-price too! The CD is $7 and the download is $6.
Since then I’ve made several game soundtracks, podcast themes and managed to get back to making music regularly again (after a year of not being able to play due to health issues).
I have also started a Patreon (www.patreon.com/smokethief), which is my only regular source of income from music. It’s my hope that my hard work and determination will inspire more support for my music. The internet is a big place and it’s hard to get music heard these days, but I’m confident things are ‘on the up’ again (as we say in the UK!).
Thank you to all my fans and friends who’ve shown support for what I do over the last few years. There have been quite a few obstacles, but I really hope to bring you more music as soon as possible. Thanks again!
All the best.
George / Smoke Thief
So I contributed to this cool Japanese mobile game available for Android and iPhone.
And did a sax solo
Work is continuing on Kodama today
Hey guys, really big moment for me, my new CD is now available for international pre-order. CD will ship worldwide around the 20th August. I collaborated with Takahiro Izutani (Bayonetta, Metal Gear Solid 4), Manami Matsumae (Mega Man) and Saori Kobayashi (Nights, Crimson Dragon) to bring you this vision I had of an android coming to life 🙂
If you can share with all your might, I will be eternally grateful!
Huge thanks to Mohammed Taher , Marco Guardia and the team at Brave Wave Productions for believing in me and realizing my first international CD release. And finally, thanks to my fans, friends and family who’ve supported me, sometimes across 6000 miles. You breathe life into my dreams.
What a ride. 🙂
Geo (Smoke Thief スモーク シーフ)