Spotlight on Ian Clark

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Born in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK, Ian Clark picked up some basic piano skills as a youngster, having two elder sisters who played instruments in their childhood.

But it wasn't until his teens that Ian picked up a guitar and started jamming with friends.

He learned to play bass guitar and spent time playing with UK punk band ‘Capo Regime’. They played a short tour on the east coast of the US in 2002, including a slot at the legendary CBGB in New York City, and they were lucky enough to play CBGB a second time the following year.

"To have played there was really something else," says a modest Ian.

Although he admits to not being a lyricist, Ian says he tends to write riffs and rhythmic parts on the bass guitar, and then shows them to his fellow bandmates.

Then they’ll hopefully be used as the basis for a new song.

In terms of inspiration, he likes a driving bass sound, based around a fat groove.
Style-wise, he likes to play rock music with a little metal and punk. Ian moved to Tauranga in 2009 and considers himself fortunate to have played with some great local musicians including Damien Cooper, Sean Bodley, Tom Roach, Mark Wright, Nick Ririnui and Tim Julian, among others. He admits he has learned a lot from working with them.

He currently plays in local band 'Apollo SteamTrain' alongside Brendan McCarthy and Les Robinson, and also local band 'The Eternal Sea' with Mark Wright and Tom Roach.

Both Apollo SteamTrain and The Eternal Sea will be playing at this year’s RockFest at Totara Street on October 28.

Tickets available from

Eight bands will be performing with all proceeds (after expenses) going to the local Cancer Society.


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