Dan Hipkiss plays the lead guitar in the band, Unhinged, a hard rock punk band from Stourbridge. The band has already begun to leave their footprint (I think steel toe cap boot print is more appropriate) on the music scene, which I experienced first hand when I saw them perform at The Giffard Arms in Wolverhampton. They delivered a completely barmy, in your face performance, sometimes quite literally when it came down to the singer, Mike Hodges. Their energy, and personality drew me in and before I knew it, I was hooked.
Dan has an animated style of performing, and this along with his relaxed and friendly persona, invited me to pay more attention to his performance.
I enjoyed the band’s set so much, I caught Dan’s attention for a moment at the end of the show. After a brief chat, Dan had agreed to meet up with me for an informal chat and to give me a bit of a guitar lesson, as I am currently trying very hard to learn to play electric guitar.
So I arrived at Unhinged’s practice room in deepest darkest Stourbridge for an impromptu guitar lesson………Dan had already chosen the song he was going to attempt to teach me, which is called Cigarette.
As you will see from the photos and video clips below, I wasn’t quite there yet, but we’re going to meet up again soon to see whether practice really does make perfect.
I was quite shy during the lesson, which is not like me at all, and to be honest I hadn’t picked up my guitar for a good couple of weeks, so it didn’t come as a shock when I even forgot to turn my volume up! Luckily, Dan was really friendly and reassuring, which made the whole experience much more relaxed and fun.
So, you would think that second time around would be better, right? ………. Wrong!
And I know you won’t believe this, but 3rd time round I was slightly better, however the video taken of it was corrupt so I have no evidence to back this up whatsoever! Yeah I know, that’s what they all say!
Okay, so guitar lesson over, Dan had a chat to my partner Dave Briggs about what he’s been up to, his thoughts about the music industry, and what we could expect from the band in the future.
For those of you who prefer video, I managed to catch part of discussion below.