Adam Hodgson's music career began back in the early 80's when he bought his first a guitar with his newspaper round money from a Freeman's catalogue. On a satellite guitar and using a SoundCity 10w amp he started bashing out House of the Rising Sun.
His first band was formed in Lincoln with school friends called BlackTide. Mostly Heavy Metal in style, they had reasonable success on the local band circuit and performed in a few quite high profile Lincoln Art College end of term parties.
Adam has always been interested in the more progressive side of rock music. The earliest memory of this was listening to Jeff Waynes War of the Worlds at 8 years old, this really sowed the seed of what could be achieved with rock. Later the Yes LP 90125 was a real turning point, refocusing his attention from the mostly heavy metal scene to one that was progressive in style. "I remember being given an old copy of 90125 by my brother-in-law, I could not stop listening to it, I think it was in my Walkman for 2 weeks solid". Yes and Van Halen were a strong influence and these two styles created an interesting mix of heavy rock and progressive twists.
BlackTide ended when Adam went to the University of Hertfordshire to study Model Making and Special Effects. Adam concentrated on a solo project which was named South Side of the Sky (SSOTS), after the Yes track on the Fragile LP. This consisted of mostly instrumentals, large scale rock / progressive compositions.
During this time he became involved with Jesus Wept (JW), an up and coming college band with a modern guitar / drum machine driven industrial sound. Taking on recording and production duties he produced four albums and with the guitarist from JW, Martin Colborn, played a few "one off" SSOTS live concerts. A JW track was featured on the CD for Future Music magazine and was credited Demo of the Month award.
During this time Adam also joined a funk metal band called Zinomorph. This was an enjoyable reprieve, but short lived. Jesus Wept finally broke up and then Adam, Martin and programmer Stevie Stamper formed -Core, a rock / dance style band. Later they were joined on vocals by Jo Ramsden and Mark Webber on bass. They gained good success on the local circuit and doubled up with Club Karma for various gigs. Most notably, -Core played Leicester Theatre Royal and had a festival gig televised on local cable television.
The next band to be formed was Slippy. This was a coming together of some ex Jesus Wept members together with Adam on guitar. This band was heavier dance rock with big ambient sections, very influenced by David Sylvian's New Day album. Playing a showcase concert at London's Rock Garden, in Covent Garden, this line up was very well received, this might have led to greater things but inter band conflicts saddly caused the end of this project.
Adam then concentrated on solo SSOTS work and has written and recorded soundtrack sections for the Shock Horror Probe, a small independent film company making low budget horror movies. Also taking time out from live work spend with his wife and young family.
In this time designing and producing artwork for CD covers for the progressive rock band Magenta's albums Seven, Home and The Gathering DVD.
Feeling the need to perform with a band again, Adam answered an advert for Rob Cottingham's band Touchstone and after a meeting and rehearsal session, Rob and Adam discovered that they both had the same dreams for a band and the new Touchstone sound was born.
"This is the band I have been waiting for, wonderful soundscapes, major guitar riffage all wrapped up in good songs...what could be better...?"
Ernie Ball Music Man,EVH
Ernie Ball Music Man,Axis + Ball Family Reserve Axis - (purple)
Charvel Model B - Westone Pantera
Hughes & Kettner - COREBLADE - Adam is on the Hughes and Kettner Artist Programme
Hughes & Kettner - COREBLADE for most effects - distortions
Boss - pedal, Chrous / Acoustic simulator / Delays
Guyatone, Slow Gear - USA custom
Dunlop - Cry Baby
Ovation Elite special USA
Washburn Classic semi acoustic
Killepitsch - Skyy Vodka
The Engel - Düsseldorf
Yes, 90125 + Anything by Yes
Van Halen all albums (except Van Halen III)
Anderson, Wakeman, Bruford, Howe
Joe Satriani, Flying In A Blue Dream
Asia, Asia , Alpha and Astra
Trevor Rabin, Can't Look Away, Live In LA, Wolf
Mr Bungle, Mr Bungle
Faith No More, The Real Thing, Introduce Yourself
Tesla, Mechanical Resonance
David Lee Roth, Eat Em And Smile, Crazy From The Heat, Skyscraper
David Sylvian, New Day - King Crimson, Thrak
Motley Crue, Too Fast For Love, Shout A The Devil
Lindsey Buckingham, Out Of The Cradle, other crazy solo albums + most Buckingham Fleetwood Mac, Rumours and Tango In The Night
Jon Anderson, In The City Of Angels
Peter, Paul and Mary, 10 Years Together
Genesis, Genesis, Abacab, Live The Longs
Cardiacs - anything
Simon and Garfunkel, Greatest Hits
Number One album ever - Yes 90125
TOP 5 GUITAR PLAYERS
Eddie Van Halen, Trevor Rabin, Lindsey Buckingham, Joe Satriani, Steve Howe