Guy Pratt... 25 Years With Elites
Monday, 24 June 2013 | Dave Good
The latest Elites ad campaign has been celebrating not just to the longevity of the UK's best bass string brand, but also paying tribute to the bassists who have been using Elites strings for over a quarter of a century.
This month Guy Pratt is highlighted, an artist who has been using Elites since 1987.
Guy’s career in music took off when, at the tender age of 19, he was asked to join the Australian band Icehouse for a world tour, part of which included supporting David Bowie on the legendary “Serious Moonlight” tour of 1983. This led to him being asked to perform with Robert Palmer, Bryan Ferry, Womack & Womack, and even being in The Smiths for a week, to name but a few, before being thrust into the global premier league of bassists when David Gilmour asked him to play for Pink Floyd on the band's post-Roger Waters "Delicate Sound of Thunder" and "P*U*L*S*E" world tours in 1987 and 1994. He also toured as part of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's On an Island band, alongside another Pink Floyd member (and his father-in-law), Richard Wright.
Apart from the Floyd family, Guy has worked with Gary Moore, Roxy Music, Michael Jackson, Echo & The Bunnymen, Kirsty MacColl, Tears For Fears, Lemon Jelly, The Orb, All Saints, Madonna, Stephen Duffy, Robbie Robertson, Tom Jones, Iggy Pop, Toy Matinee, Coverdale/Page, The Power Station, Bond, Natalie Imbruglia, The Pretenders and The Transit Kings (with The Orb's Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty of The KLF). As a composer, he has written TV scores for "Spaced", "The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star", the Vic Reeves re-boot of "Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)" and Jimmy Nail's "Crocodile Tears", won a Grammy and been nominated for 2 Ivor Novello Awards and co-wrote the UK Number 1 hit "Ain't No Doubt" (sung by Jimmy Nail). Amazingly, Guy has also found time to present his won one-man music/comedy show, "My Bass & Other Animals" (which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005) AND written a best-selling book, based on the show.
And Bass Centre Elites Strings have been with him the whole way.... even if, as Guy himself claims, the "jury's still out"...