Visit: www.salty.com.auRecorded 21 October 2020, released 2 November 2020 as standalone interview podcast.Salty talks with the great Australian guitarist Jimi Hocking (Streaming Jets, Angels, Blues Machine) about everything Jimi - and his new release with the fabulous Blues Roulette. Sample cuts from the album throughout - and how did he get that name 'Jimi The Human'?
The Guitar Colonel - Guitar Reviews and Rock Interviews
A few years back we sat down with Australian master guitarist and rock lord, Mr Jimi Hocking. You can check out Jimi at jimihocking.bandcamp.com #rocklegend #screamingjets #jimihocking #gibsonguitars #ozrock #fenderguitars James Kevin Hocking (born 7 June 1963) otherwise known as Jimi the Human is an Australian musician. He has been a member of hard rock groups, The Angels (1988) and The Screaming Jets (1994–97, 2010–present). As a solo artist he has fronted various backing bands playing hard rock, electric and acoustic blues by providing lead guitar, vocals, mandolin and keyboards. In 2005 he won the Solo/Duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Biography James Kevin Hocking, was born on 7 June 1963 and grew up in Melbourne. His father, Kevin Hocking, was a pianist, musical director and composer who worked in TV and theatre; while his mother was a singer. Kevin taught his son to play piano who showed little interest in it. After Hocking was given an acoustic guitar as a Christmas present, he became a self-taught guitarist. He later worked in amateur theatre. Hocking started performing in groups in Melbourne in 1983. In the following year he formed The Astroboys alongside Peter German (ex-Phantom Band) on bass guitar and vocals, Glen Miles, and Christian Muehlke on drums. He composed and performed the theme for ABC-TV telemovie, Emerging in 1985; and provided guitar session work for the network's series, The D-Generation, in the next year. When performing in cafes Hocking would change his description on the "Who's Playing Board", he related "I started to add silly titles (like) Jimi the Singer, Jimi the Muso ... Eventually I wrote Jimi the Human, a joke about playing any style". Early in 1986 Hocking, on lead vocals and lead guitar, and German formed The Aströs as a hard rock group with Greg Pedley (ex-Phantom Band) on drums. Hocking also worked on TV series Fame and Misfortune during that year. Also in 1986 The Aströs released a self-titled four-track extended play on Robot Records. It had been recorded live-in-the-studio at Working Class Studios in May. In the next year Hocking, German and Pedley performed as The Housewarmers, however by August The Aströs had reconvened and they toured nationally. They were described by The Canberra Times as a "hard rocking Melbourne band, [which] are ready to rocket on to the Australian music scene". In May 1988 The Angels' lead guitarist, Bob Spencer, broke his wrist after an on stage collision with front man, Doc Neeson. The group asked Hocking to temporarily replace Spencer for the remainder of the group's Live Line Tour of Australia. Hocking provided lead guitar and backing vocals. He later recalled "I was called up as the result of some session work I had recently done ... It was originally to fill in for one night and the tour would be cancelled ... The gig went so well, that the band offered me the guitar spot for the rest of the tour, so overnight I found myself on a major rock tour". In the following year he formed Jimi the Human and Spectre 7, another hard rock group, with former bandmate Muehlke on drums (ex-Honeythieves); they were joined by Josie Jason (ca. 1962–2011) on rhythm guitar and vocals (ex-Butterfly, Final Outcome, Dirty Rats, Mars Needs Women); and Didi Kies on bass guitar (ex-Adventure, Honeythieves). The group signed with Avenue Records which was distributed by EMI. They released their debut album, No Turning Back, in March 1990, which was produced by Peter Blyton (Lime Spiders, The Radiators, Painters and Dockers). It provided two singles, "Quicksand" and "Edge of Insanity". Jason left to form her own band, while Jimi the Human and Spectre 7 sold an album, The Official Bootleg in 1991, at gigs and via mail orders. The group's next album, Living in Luxury, appeared in 1993 on the Primitive Records label. Later that year he relocated to Sydney. In January of the following year Hocking joined The Screaming Jets replacing founder, Richard Lara. He appeared on two of their studio albums, The Screaming Jets (August 1995) and World Gone Crazy (October 1997), but had left in May 1997. While a member of that band Hocking also issued an acoustic solo album, The Ultimate Bootleg, in August 1996 on Feral Records and Blah Blah Blah Records. After leaving the group he returned to Melbourne, as a solo artist he fronted Jimi Hocking and The Human Condition. They recorded his next album, The Great B-Grade Remake, which appeared in late 1997 on Blah Blah Blah.
Jimi Hocking is a songwriter, singer and guitarist of the highest calibre, the electric love child of T-Bone Walker, BB King and Jimi Hendrix. He struts the stage with his band, playing his ‘showy’ guitar style while pulling all the classic stunts ... behind the head ... the duck walk ... even the splits!It's the 30th anniversary of Jimi's legendary album; the Spectre 7 Years - Featuring NO TURNING BACKJimi is in his element live on stage, whether it be a small cafe or a massive festival. His combination of banter and story-telling, wailing guitar and mandolin with superb songwriting and performance makes Jimi one of the 'must-see' acts in blues today.We talk past relationships, cancelled gigs, Nicole Kidman, life in isolation as a Rockstar / Dad and we are all treated to a live performance of Robot Man.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hocking tells us about his first car, his big break with The Angels, switching effortlessly between big rock tours and small home town bar gigs, and the time he's spent with The Screaming Jets and how the way they've toured has changed over the decades. - The Italian Mercedes - New cars - Early days & first tour - The Angels - The Screaming Jets - The road warrior - What The Human has learned
Jimi Hocking (Screaming Jets), Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley, Ian Cook (V-Trem Guitars) - GSP #79
Guitar Speak Podcast
An Aussie triple-header this week! First up we speak to Jimi Hocking of the legendary Screaming Jets. Jimi talks us through the 'Jets latest album, upcoming tours with Boom Crash Opera, Jimi's award winning solo career and much more. Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley drop in to give us the low down on their Brooke and Adam album, the first album produced by the husband and wife team as their regular gigs -the McClymonts and the Adam Eckersley Band - are taking a brief break. Finally, we speak with Ian Cook of V Trem Guitars. Ian has ingeniously designed and patented a locking tremolo system that has all the stability of a non-recessed Floyd Rose style bridge, whilst still being able to both raise and lower the pitch. Approximate episode running times: Jimi Hocking - 2:29 Brooke and Adam - 29:55 Ian Cook - 48:54 Guitar Speak Podcast Links Subscribe and find previous episodes at iTunes, Stitcher or visit us at www.guitarspeakpodcast.libsyn.com. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram Join our Guitar Speak Forum You can support us on Patreon