updated July, 2008
I am often called a one-man rock concert. I imagine that this is
because of my big sound, big songs, and big ego. I grew up listsning
to "arena"-friendly progressive rock and metal, and have
always loved "themed" music of all genres. While I play
acoustic guitar, I do everything I can to make the place shake -
not necessarily with volume, but with tone and dynamics.
performances typically consist of entirely original sets of music,
with very few covers. The few covers I choose to play are typically
not Top 40, but are songs that I find inspiring on some level.
what Darryl Cater of
to say about
"Vice Verses", the debut CD from Scottish McMillan.
to quick-loading samples...
....from my debut CD,
my solo debut CD, called
wrote all the songs, played all the instruments -- guitars, bass,
hand percussion, and sang all the parts. The record is a patchwork
quilt made of little pictures of his influences, and is a sure Q-Tip
for ears clogged with the sticky goo of conventional 'rawk'.
To call this stuff "acoustic music" would be a little
misleading. The word "acoustic" typically conjures images
of middle-aged dads playing folk songs in coffeehouses. I'll do
light, jazzy ballads, aggressively groovy funk, noisy rock-and-roll,
progressive metal, whatever. And because I can't stand sucky sound,
use both my professional equipment and my years of experience as
a professional sound engineer to make every show sound like a studio
recording, regardless of the venue.
was featured at the Midwest
Music Summit in
Indianapolis, Indiana (in both 2002 & 2003), and since then
my touring has taken me through Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Connecticut, Kentucky, England, Scotland,
that last note, I toured the United Kingdom twice so
far with the Chicago
Music Explosion, a group of top Chicago talent that
assembled for a grand . Each CME tour lasted about two weeks. With
shows every day or twice a day, the all over England, Scotland
and Wales. I followed up the last UK tour with a series of solo
shows and open mic nights, to wonderfully receptive crowds. Another
tour will be in the works ASAP.
"Yeah, Whatever", song 3 from the CD, was nominated
in 2004 for the award for Best Lyrics, in the Male Singer/Songwriter
category, by Just
Plain Folks. The site's chief organizer, Brian Austin
Whitney, named me a Top-5 Finalist out of about 15,000 acts
for Best Live Performance of the Year.
I'm now featured on Stonecutter Records'
collection, recorded at the
world-renowned, multi-platinum winning Chicago
Recording Company. Through
this experience, I enjoyed working with top-notch performers, including
bass guitar phenomenon Bill
"The Buddha" Dickens, and world-class percussionists
Adams and Vance Okraszevski, all of
whom added nothing less than totally amazing performances to the
recording. My song "Infinity
Grooves" (click to see video) is featured, along
with music from Marty Casey and The Lovehammers, Micki Croisant,
Andreas Kapsalis Trio, Malcolm Palmer, Sarah Potenza, Mike Mangione,
and many more great Chicago-based artists.