Mar 14 2012 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Electrobuddha, Mark McCaffer
ELECTROBUDDHA have managed to navigate their way through to the regional final of this year’s Live and Unsigned competition.
What was, up until recently, Airdrie man Mark McCaffer’s solo project – Electrobuddha is now a fully functioning five-piece band.
Mark has been joined by Philip Muirhead on keyboards, Gerry Magee on guitar, Matt Jones on drums and female bass player Silja.
Mark has known all three guys for quite some time but he admits the addition of Silja who is originally from Germany was a bit of a surprise.
He told Advertiser Live this week: “Silja approached me at one of my gigs and told me that she played bass.
“Then she said she had watched me play live several times and had learned all of my songs.
“I was taken aback and flattered that someone had taken the trouble to do that.”
Mark, a former Airdrie Academy pupil who was brought up in Glenmavis, has produced two DIY solo albums.
His latest offering was; Shine Like the Sun.
Following the success at the auditions stage of Live and Unsigned, Electrobuddha will now take to the stage of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, March 31 to battle it out with other hopefuls.
The competition has attracted over 50,000 entries over the last five years.
The main prizes in this year’s competition include £10,000 for development and a further £10,000 for publicity coupled with the opportunity to play at dozens of UK festivals.
Open to all genres of music, the competition will culminate in July at the Grand Final which takes place at Live Fest in London’s O2 Arena.
On the way to the final, bands and artists also have the opportunity to win amps, instruments and studio recording time.
More information on Mark’s band at www.myspace.com/electrobuddha2.
Tickets for the Live and Unsigned regional final in Glasgow can be purchased from www.liveandunsigned.uk.com/tickets