Dan
Richardson

About

“Stage left is the band's secret weapon, a guitarist who is the vein through which the rock and roll blood flows. He is bounding around, driven by a desire to fire himself up to a point where every single person watching is alive to the prospect that we are all rock and roll heroes.”
Sabotage Times

I’m a passionate, energetic and highly-skilled guitarist. I’m based in London, grew up in Sunderland, and have travelled the world with my numerous trusty six-strings. My gigging career started when I was 16, and was followed by a stint at Barnsley College to study for a degree in popular music, where I engaged in as many musical styles as possible from Rock to Pop, Blues to Salsa.
I have spent the last decade building a successful and varied music career in London and beyond.

I’m a founding member of Rockaoke, one of the UK’s most popular entertainment acts. As Rockaoke’s Principal Guitarist and Musical Director for the past 10 years I have played all over the world - from beach parties in the Caribbean to our popular residencies in London Town. Along the way I have entertained crowds of all shapes and sizes; be it 10,000 people on the main stage of a festival or 25 athletes in the Olympic village. I have played with a diverse range of musicians including Dave Gilmour, Ricky Wilson, REEF, Steve Hogarth (Marillion), Mel C and Chesney Hawkes and celebrities such as Shaun Keaveney, Mark Radcliffe, Chris Moyles, James Corden and Alan Shearer amonst others. I have also been the guitar player in the Top Gear House Band, featuring Clarkson, Hammond and May.

I pride myself on my ability to entertain any audience and to communicate my love of my music with flair and dynamism.
As well as rocking out at 200 gigs a year, I’ve also developed a wide skill base used to help run a very successful business. I am a band leader, organiser, manager and event promoter. I look after existing client relationships, develop new business and am a dab hand with all things social media. I enjoy contributing towards all the elements that make up an unforgettable gig, and then rocking out at the event itself!

Guitars

  • Fender Telecaster '52 reissue
  • Fender Telecaster Thinline
  • Fender Telecaster USA
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Gibson SG
  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Gibson 335
  • Cort Sunset 1
  • Taylor 214ce

Amps

  • Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Custom
  • Fender Supersonic 60
  • Blackstar Artisan 30

FX

  • Strymon Timeline
  • Strymon Flint
  • Line 6 M5
  • JHS Charlie Brown
  • Fulltone OCD
  • Fulltone Fulldrive 2
  • Ibanez 808 Tubescreamer
  • Xotic Effects EP Booster
  • Electro-Harmonix Micro Pog
  • MXR Dyna Comp
  • MXR Phase 90
  • T.C Electronic Corona Chorus
  • T.C Electronic Polytune
  • JHS Mini Foot Fuzz

Media