About


"Check out the calibre of the Michael Sykes Band and join me in my disbelief that we have not played this before. This is dirty blues at its finest, Amber & Gold is my favourite find" Sarah Gosling BBC Introducing Devon & Cornwall.

Earthy, bluesy, ambient, singer songwriter/drummer/producer. Builds his own Yidaki/Didj and performs with a hybrid multi-instrument set up. Creating a unique sound that peers into the past and reaches into the future. With multi limb coordination whilst singing, that would make even an ambidextrous octopus go cross-eyed.

Michael stems from the D.I.Y studio generation with a strong interest in recording as well as stage performance. From the birth of a song/composition right through to the finished recorded/mixed/mastered and produced record, he has enjoyed learning from many styles of music and eclectic artists.

Michael's music has been used for film and advert's, he's had a television performance on BBC1 and airplay on radio stations throughout the UK. He has also gained experience as a drummer for other groups, performing at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Beautiful Days, Sunrise, Electric Picnic and Didj Fest UK among others.

Michael works with a collection of musical friends and session musicians, both in the studio and on the live stage.

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Filing Room Sessions


 

"Eclectic music clubs for musicians and music Lovers"

The Filing Room Sessions started it's life in an old empty filing room. I was lucky to be given the opportunity to bring some music recording gear into this unused space, and create a small recording studio. I would record pieces of music and invite special guests in to the studio to perform songs, and collaborate from time to time.

From there the FRS sessions grow in popularity and gained its first weekly club/live session, on the 13th Jan 2019. This is held at Topsham Brewery on Exeter Quay every Sunday afternoon from 2pm. Since then it has continued to grow and now has another night with an electronica fusion soundscape theme. This is every Wednesday from 8pm at the Speakeasy Cocktail Bar above Oddfellows Exeter.

With another specialist singer songwriter night in the pipeline, along with the development of the Filing Room Sessions very own house band (THE FRS JAMOREE), it is fast becoming a top musical hub for creative musicians and eclectic seasoned listeners in the southwest of England.

The Filing Room Sessions Music Clubs have a lovely relaxed/warm vibe, with an opportunity to perform to a supportive audience. Here you will find a friendly bunch of musicians, talking musical gadgets and just hanging out. Musicians perform there own songs, unique takes on songs you may know, and collaborations with others. From beautiful original acoustic songs to avant-guard improvised jazz fusion soundscapes.

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