Monday, 13 February 2017

Nathan J Hulse - Bass Player

I am firstly a bass player and like one of my heroes Jet Harris, I took up photography. This blog took over from my photography web site and showed some of the press work and other stock work I had been doing. In the past few years I have been working for a photography company as a freelance called Simply Photography. Due to the nature of their work, I don't get to post pictures I have taken from the events I cover for them.

I have decided to continue using this blog and web address with my work and life as a bass player. I have a few exciting things planned for this. Assuming work doesn't get in the way too much.

Brief Musical history:-

At the King's Theatre Southsea
I was taught classical piano, and after hearing Elvis in the film 'That's The Way It Is' I decided I wanted to be Elvis. After listening to more modern music (compared to classical) I decided it was the bass guitar I wanted to play. My influences being James Jameson (motown), Jerry Scheff (Elvis' live 70's bass player). This list has since got longer.

I formed my first band with some school friends and my Dad (he could actually play compared to the rest of us). After a few years and drummer walked in a pub I was playing in and poached me from my own band into his. A Rock n Roll band called the Cavaliers. I didn't know you could get gigs only playing 50's Rock n Roll. I was almost sacked after a few rehearsals for playing too many notes. Amongst some great Rock n Roll gigs, we mostly played rock n roll pubs, we were fortunate to be booked on a long term contract playing on Brittany Ferries. 

I went on to join another Rock n Roll band playing more British rock n roll, call Jet Black. They were highly regarded on the circuit and my favourite band at the time. Highlights would be playing the at Birmingham NEC for the motorcycle show. An event we played at a few years running.

After Jet Black, I wanted to play some of the music that first influenced me, soul and motown. I started a 60's band with the drummer from the Cavaliers and found a great singer and guitarist called Darren. We never played soul or motown. It was raw 60's Beatle mania era of music.

With my background in British Rock n Roll I was asked to replace the Bass player of a highly respected and regarded band called The Rapiers. They were a Shadows style band, at the time of joining, they also covered early beat music (pre Beatles). We played theatre shows backing some original artists from the 60's, including Jet Harris, Mike Berry, John Leyton, Billie Davis and many more. Oh, not forgetting a song and chord with Cliff Richard. With them I appeared on Stage at the Prince of Wales theatre in London's west end with a show called Cliff The Musical in addition to other touring shows. The major ones are detailed below.

More recently I joined an Elvis Tribute Artist called Lee Memphis King. I'm back to my original influences. I'm very fortunate to play and have played with artists and bands that are the best in their field. I also play bass for a 3 piece Rock n Roll band called The Stingrays.

In between I have filled in for other bands usually with the Cliff Richard Shadows or Rock n Roll connection.

  • The Rapiers bass player (2001 - 2015)
  • Played bass for:-
      • Jet Harris
      • John Leyton
      • Craig Douglas
      • Mike Berry
      • Billie Davis
      • Denny Laine
      • Wee Willie Harris
  • Cliff the Musical tour (UK and West End, 2003)
  • Born to Rock n Roll tour (UK, Denmark, 2005)
  • Chartbusters / Flashback (touring show covered for bass player)
  • Butlins Bogner Regis (Various, provided cover for Bass Chair. Steve Etherington MD)
  • Bass for Marvin Ruffin - brief theatre tour
  • Billy Lewis' Drifters
  • Made in Britain - the 2 5 special tour (UK 2008-9)
  • Cliff and the Shadows tribute show tour (Netherlands 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Guys and Dolls (2015 Local AmDram society CROADS)
  • Bass player for Lee Memphis King Elvis Tribute Artist (Touring UK, Israel, 2015 - present)

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Big Brother on Channel 5

Emma Willis © Nathan J Hulse

I've been very lapse (again) at updating my photoblog. Mostly because the main body of my work os corporate photography and the clients wouldn't appreciate me sharing pictures shot specifically for them. That bring me back to Big Brother, which seems to be the only celebrity related work I do now. If you can call the contestants celebrities. The most recent series on channel 5 has seen an outside set change. It had been the same since they brought the show. Now it's not such a great view point. Apart from the opening night where the contestants walked right towards us, sadly with a bright light behind them. Emma Willis who presents the show still looks great and normally will wear colourful outfits.

It could just be me, but there does seem to be a little but more buzz with this latest series, what do you think?

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Goldie Hawn in London

Goldie Hawn
© Nathan J Hulse

I was offered a job to photograph arrivals at The Hawn Foundation UK fundraising Dinner at Annabel's in on 1st June 2015. Holllywood actress Goldie Hawn and other guests were expected. On arrival, one photographer told me that the previous year he didn't take one photo as she went on the back entrance. So I wasn't expecting to get any pictures after being told that. Shortly after the arrivals started Tess Daly and Vernon Kaye arrived, so already it was better than the previous year.

A little later Goldie Hawn arrived. Lucky for us she went to go in the venue next door, only to be told it was the wrong venue. More chance to get pictures as she didn't really stop to pose for the few photographers that were there.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Emma Willis at Big Brother (2015)

Emma Willis
© Nathan J Hulse
Big Brother is now back in full swing with a new set of housemates. One being evicted on the opening night. I bet he was pleased. It's nice to photograph Emma Willis each week. She usually wears something colourful which always makes for a nice picture. While I know many women like black, bright colours make a much better picture.

Do you have any favourite housemates. The Second (or first) to be evicted was Adjoa Mensah, she seemed quite willing to pose for pictures on the way out. I am now busy playing bass guitar for an Elvis Tribute Act with Lee Memphis King as Elvis, so it's possible I may miss a few friday night evictions. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Mollie King for Magnum

Mollie King
© Nathan J Hulse
A recent photocall was for Magnum who have 2 new flavours, Raspberry and Expresso.

We were only really expecting 2 main celebrity guests, one of which was Mollie King from the Saturdays. When she arrived, she walked in and didn't pose for any photos. A few unhappy photographers to say the least. We were told she would be leaving soon, so she could then come back for a proper arrival. Wont make much difference to the pictures (or will it). So we would get a picture when she leaves. Needles to say she didn't pose up for longer than 5 seconds. Not quite enough for the photocall the press release told us we would get. We eventually waited for 3 hours for her official arrival and no ice creams to keep the energy levels up. Mollie arrives and walks straight in again. After complaining to the PR, they did go in and get Mollie back out for us, so top marks to them. "Miss-communication" we were told by Mollie. Any way the end picture wasn't as nice as it would've been had she have stopped when we still had some nice light to take the picture with. A few other guests arrived to keep us occupied while we had waited, so not all bad I guess.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Katie Price Wins Celeb Big Brother (old news I know) Ashley Roberts at Stacey Solomon Book Launch

Katie Price winner of Celebrity Big Brother
©Nathan J Hulse
Wow, a long over due post. I have been so busy, I've just not had time to keep unto date with posting. I've mostly been working for a company called Simply Photography. Due to agreements with the clients I'm not allowed to post my photos from the events.

However some recent events I can post pictures from. I managed to do most of the Celebrity Big Brother Series. Katie Price enter halfway through and won the show. Link to Final Pictures.

Ashley Roberts © Nathan J Hulse
I also attended a launch party for Stacey Solomon's book. Which was weird as there didn't seem to be a book in site. Still Ashley Roberts was there. It's always nice to photograph an ex PussyCat Doll.

Maybe, I may get on top of these updates for the future again. I'm also working on a new section of my website / blog to reflect my musical life as a bass player. Still needs works and any suggestions are welcome. Again, this is where much of my time goes as I have been quite busy in my other life as a Freelance Bass Player, plus it's just got busier.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hollywood A listers: Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks
© Nathan J Hulse
Sandra Bullock
© Nathan J Hulse
I managed to catch the first few days of the London film festival. Probably not quite to the standards of the Cannes film festival, London does still manage to attract some big Hollywood A listers. Due to other commitments I only managed to catch 2 days out of 10. I did manage to photograph Tom Hanks twice in one day, first at a photocall in the morning, then at the BFI opening gala. The following day Sandra Bullock (at the Gravity Film Premiere - Not all pictures are Taken by Nathan Hulse on this link) was in town, despite the rain she managed to dazzle and have her legs out on show. How many others would do that? A few days previous Harrison Ford was also in London. I managed to catch few US actors which is quite rare for me these days.