Fusing gritty blues licks with a classic, smokey jazz-bar-esque aesthetic; Hardwire Speers is an established solo artist roaring onto a stage near you. The multi-talented musician brings with him a lifetime of hard-earned experience — not just on the road as a guitarist and vocalist, but as a well-versed wanderer on the journey of life. To date, he has released two EP’s, a full-length album and several singles; all brimming with intelligently humorous lyricism and tongue-in-cheek wordplays. He’s also toured widely, performing in a multitude of roles. From jazz-band bassist and guitar solo performer, all the way too soft-spoken acoustic-singer songwriter.
Born Neil Speers, the budding musician started out very young as a drummer in a marching band. This was before his parents bought him a guitar for his 16th birthday and his life was changed forever. Neil was captivated by the screeching glory of a well-played solo and would immerse himself in artists like Pink Floyd, Queen, and Alice Cooper. He played bass in a band throughout high-school before eventually moving onto a biker party band as their guitarist, modelling himself after players like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Frisell and Albert King. After some time touring in a Top 40s cover band in his 20’s, Neil took a step back from the road to focus on journalism and commercial photography. For the next three decades, he played in numerous casual bands, duos and a jazz trio, all the while rising to the top in his field and interviewing thousands of people from all walks of life.
To find out where he is now, you only have to look at the impressive body of work that this dedicated artist has fired out in recent years. It is brimming with the vigour of a man who truly has been there and wore the t-shirt. His latest EP “Snapshot Blues” is a raw testament to a life journey well-travelled and showcases Speers at absolute peak musical perfection. Blending the textures of jazz with a gutsy rock attitude, the long-awaited release comes nearly ten years since Neil launched back onto the scene as a solo artist and released his debut album “Vol 1 – Breakfast at Epiphany’s”. Neil lives and breathes music, and like oxygen, couldn’t live without it. When he’s not taking on the world as a solo artist, he’s playing bass in one of the many bands he’s in — often taking care of much of the sound-tech too, which is where he got his nickname “Hardwire” Speers.