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Gordon Hulbert

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About Gordon

A-list performer - music college and music business educated - a touring and session player for 30+ years with multi-platinum artists.
Keyboardist
London
Public liability insurance of £1 million

As a performer, my career has taken me around the world playing with artists such as Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela, Russell Watson, Alexander O'Neal, Heatwave, Imagination, Kenny Thomas, Alison Limerick, Suzi Quatro etc, as well as newer acts such as Imogen Heap and Psapp. As a successful in-house producer/writer for UMPG, I have credits with companies such as Universal, Warners, EMI, Armada, Black Hole and BMG to name a few. As well as the usual pop, dance and indy styles that are standard fare, my compositional styles take in classical (orchestral and smaller ensembles as well as solo piano, violin etc), minimal and more experimental electronic music for feature films, advertising jingles and TV series for international TV and cable companies including MTV, NBC, BBC, ITV & Channel 4 etc. As a die-hard electronic music fan who likes to keep an eye on the future, I'm active in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) arena under a number of guises and have been involved in releases by some of the industry's best, including Stonebridge, Fedde le Grande, Housequake, Tiesto and Armin van Buuren.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Originals, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Electro-Swing, EDM, Dubstep, Drum 'n' Bass, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Techno, Jungle, Industrial, Ibiza club, Triphop, 1920s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Country, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Noise music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, R&B, Motown, Hip Hop, Soul, Top 40, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Hard rock, Glam rock, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Asian music, Bossa nova, Caribbean music, Calypso, Brazilian music, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Reggae, Salsa, Ska, Scottish music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Transcription, Ableton Live, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Musicologist
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Song list

2010 - 2020
Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
24K Magic - Bruno Mars
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Lush Life - Zara Larsson
Let Me Love You - Justin Beiber
Rockabye - Clean Bandit
Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar
Changing - Sigma feat. Paloma Faith
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Wake Me Up - Aloe Blac arr. Avicii
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Noughties
Mercy - Duffy
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Toxic - Britney Spears
I Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie Minogue
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
I’ve got a feeling - Black Eyed P’s
Take Your Mama (Out All Night) – Scissor Sisters
Lady - Modjo
This Love - Maroon 5
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
Groovejet - Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
Soul
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
Been Around The World - Lisa Stansfield
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Best Of My Love - The Emotions
I Found Lovin' - The Gap Band
Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown
Don't Look Any Further - Dennis Edwards
Jamaica Funk - Tom Browne
Joy & Pain - Frankie Beverly & Maze
Night To Remember - Shalamar
There It Is - Shalamar
It's A Love Thing - The Whispers
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
I Want You Back - The Jacksons
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
Midnight Hour - Wilson Picket
Mustang Sally - Blues Brothers
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Never Never Gonna Give You Up - Barry White
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - M.Gaye & T.Terrell
Dancing In The Street - Martha & The Vandellas
Club Classics
Make Luv - Room 5 feat. Oliver Cheatham
Lazy - X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne
Pride (A Deeper Love) - C & C Music Factory
Finally – Ce Ce Peniston
Sing It Back - Moloko
Movin' On Up - M People
Red Alert - Basement Jaxx
Where Love Lives - Alison Limerick
Missing - Everything But The Girl
Shine On - Degrees Of Motion
I'm A Dreamer - Living Joy
I Love You Baby - The Original
I Feel Love - Donna Summer
Believe - Cher
Seventies
Carwash - Rose Royce
Blame It On The Boogie - The Jacksons
Thinking Of You - Sister Sledge
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Lost In Music - Sister Sledge
He's The Greatest Dancer - Sister Sledge
Good Times - Chic
Le Freak - Chic
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Disco Inferno - The Trammps
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - The Jacksons
Let's Groove - Earth Wind & Fire
September - Earth Wind & Fire
Upside Down - Diana Ross
Eighties
1999 - Prince
Night To Remember - Shalamar
There It Is - Shalamar
Body Talk - Imagination
Let's Go Crazy - Prince
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Word Up - Cameo
I Knew You Were Waiting - Aretha Franklin & George Michael
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
Freedom - Wham!
Love Shack - The B52s
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves
Rock
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Hi Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck
20th Century Boy - Marc Bolan
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Simply The Best - Tina Turner
Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Wonderwall - Oasis
Alright Now - Free
Message In A Bottle - The Police
Vertigo - U2
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Acid Jazz
Use Me Up - Bill Withers
Midnight At The Oasis - Brand New Heavies
Sometimes - Brand New Heavies
Apparently Nothing - The Young Disciples
Gotta Be - Des'ree
Make It On My Own - Alison Limerick
Shackles (Praise You) - Mary Mary
Give Me The Night - George Benson
Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
Smooth - Santana feat. Rob Thomas
Maria Maria - Santana
Oye Como Va - Santana
There's Nothing Like This - Omar
Always There - Incognito feat. Jocelyn Brown
Dinner Jazz
Moondance – Van Morrison
My Baby Just Cares – Nina Simone
Fever – Sarah Vaughan
Summertime – George Gershwin
All Blues – Miles Davis
Canteloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Mercy Mercy – Joe Zawinul
Don't Go To Strangers – Etta James
Love for Sale – Ella Fitzgerald
Rio De Janiero Blues – Randy Crawford
Trouble In Mind – Aretha Franklin
God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday
My Funny Valentine – Sarah Vaughan
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Ballads
Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
You Bring The Sun Out – Randy Crawford
Angels – Robbie Williams
Fix You – Coldplay
Little Wing – Jimmy Hendrix
Always & Forever – Heatwave
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
Ain't No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Heaven Help Us All – Stevie Wonder
Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack
Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The high energy and level of performance. I pay great attention to the quality of my keyboard sounds which can make or break the sound of a band. Crowds also love my bands' abilities to jam - where we go off mid-performance (James Brown style) into an improvised section which involves the crowd. Very few bands do this well.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Albert Hall, Pukkelpop festival, Lowlands festival, Roskilde Festival, El Ray Los Angeles, Jazz Café London, Waldbuhne Amphitheatre Berlin, Nice Jazz Festival, St David's Hall Cardiff, The Savoy London, The Dorchester London, London Hilton, Cliveden Private Hotel, Festival Hall London, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Museum Of Modern Art Boston

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Prince, MJ, Chaka Khan, Led Zeppelin, Arvo Part, JS Bach, Pinchas Zukerkman, Massive Attack, Lamb, Frank Zappa, Bugge Wesseltoft, Keith Jarrett, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Fenomenon, Ennio Morricone, Moloko, Deadmaus,

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Chaka Khan, Alexander O'Neal, Heatwave, Imagination, Alison Limerick, Suzi Quatro, Psapp, Hugh Masekela, The Temptations,

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Within reason I can be flexible. Timings will be included in my contract and we can discuss all of these before you make the booking. If I'm booked to play until midnight, then 00:15 or even 00:30 is workable. If you decide to change on the spur of the moment to 03:00 and want me to keep playing, then an addition negotiation will need to happen on the night.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes - an iPod playlist.

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on the size of band you want and PA system, anything from 1/2 hour (solo keyboard) to a couple of hours with full band and PA rig.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

If it is in tune and well-kept, odds are that yes, I'll be happy to play it.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes, that's what the playlist is for ;-)

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes. One song is free (e.g. for a first dance etc), thereafter a fee will be negotiable which will pay for rehearsals to learn your songs. For solo/duo work the fees are relatively low, but with a full band this can escalate, so it's best to pick me because you already like my playlist :-)

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£188
Up to 1 hour£188
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£380

Reviews

From customers:

Rita K, 6 years ago

Gordon is quite simply a genius when it comes to music, playing, production and writing - I have known and worked with Gordon in live bands and in studios for many years and he's always a joy to work with - so quick and on the ball in the studio and when MDing bands....I will always recommend Gordon, he's so easy to work with, a great and friendly person with a whole lot of talent!

Steve E, 7 years ago

Gordon is a fine musician with great production skills. He is focussed, easy to work with and very importantly, embodies a persevering, positive spirit, which results in fine work. A joy to work with.

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