Product: New B-3, XK-3C, SK2 and ‘an arsenal of Leslie Speakers’
“For most of the live shows I am using the incredible SK-2 with straight amplification.
It gives me just he sound I need without fuss in any kind of performance genre and also has the wonderful ‘extra voice’ section for other ‘funky retro key voices’ The size and portability of the SK means that I can take on sessions and gigs that I would have to maybe refuse if I were using a traditional console Hammond.
Most important .. IT FEELS LIKE PLAYING A REAL HAMMOND
Still get a buzz from the reaction of the sound crew at venues who are expecting me to turn up with a B-3 !! Is THAT the Hammond ?? they ask with a worried look on their faces. BUT .. when we give them a line into the main PA the reaction changes to **!!!***!!! Wow .. what the hell is that or similar choice words.
After all these years it so so refreshing to still get a buzz out of playing my first instrument the MIGHTY HAMMOND ORGAN. No Touch Screen … No pre programming … Just pure soul and groove generated on the fly. Awesome .. cheers ..” Malc
Malc Deakin has earned a living from playing – promoting- teaching Hammond Organ for most of his life.
As an official Hammond Artiste, he now exclusively plays the New Generation Hammond Organs and his live stage equipment includes the new B-3, XK-3c, Sk2 Stage keyboards and a arsenal of Leslie Speakers and backline.
His work as a musician has taken him all over the word including extensive tours of the USA, shows in China, Japan and almost every country in Europe including Poland, Finland and Sweden.
Know best for his signature ‘hard edged’ Hot Hammond Grooves his love of Hammond Organs started at the age of 10 when he discovered the Black American Hammond Jazz & Blues Organ Grinders and in particular was inspired by the late great Jimmy McGriff
On quitting school at 15 work started in the local Hammond dealer music store which quickly lead to him being used by Hammond as player during their ‘Showcase’ era back in the 70’s but the call of ‘live band performance’ quickly took him on the road playing Hammond, ARP and Rhodes in many of the night club cabaret bands of that time before being offered a job by the late jazz guitar legend Charlie Walters ( who’s CV included Johnny Dankworth Band, Bob Sharples TV Band, Stephan Grapelli etc) from whom he learnt ‘bucket loads’ about harmony & playing in bands.
Many bands, tours, sessions and gigs later, synth manufactures started to used him as a promoter / demonstrator and he then started to forge relationships with many keyboard instrument manufactures as a front man at major promotions and shows due to the relaxed, fun,informal and entertaining way in which he conducts a live stage show.
About 15 years ago he started to work closely with the current Hammond Organ UK operation which has now concluded in him being used as the official Hammond UK Product Specialist / Demonstrator on major events and well as also being used by Hammond Europe and Hammond Japan including R&D input as well as performance.
The Hammond Player DVD project was commissioned by Hammond Organ so Malc recruited a ‘Superband consisting of Steve White, Damon Minchella and Seamus Beaghen. The DVD was filmed in 2006 was an instant success and continues to sell copies world wide and inspire Hammond Players of all ages and musical tastes.
Currently between Official Hammond Gigs, Hammond Player Workshops and Clinics, Malc is recording, writing, performing and making guest appearances with many bands and artistes at some of the top live venues and music festivals in the UK.
He also fronts a SuperBand called B3fnk which goes out several times a year with an all star line up of musicians.
HamLab is Malc’s studio, teaching, demo room from which he now operates based near Sheffield in the UK