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Band Members

  • Sam Blackmore (Vocals)
  • Geoff Royall (Bass/Vocals)
  • Paul Mathews (Keyboards/Vocals)
  • Daryl Warren (Drums)
  • Dean Marriott (Lead Guitar)

Sam fronts the band using her amazingly diverse vocal talent. Specialising in genres such as soul, motown, rock, and contemporary pop. This includes her favourite artists such as Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield right through to Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and Plan B.

She has been described on numerous occasions as one of the best vocalists currently gigging.

(Photograph by Lauren Hales)

Geoff started out playing guitar in various folk groups back in the early 80’s. Having established that he was no good at that, he switched to bass and was a founder member of a successful 3-piece band with Dave Behennah & Lee Knights in Night After Night – the band won a Musician Union Battle of the Bands Regional final and only lost out in the SW Final due to the expenses being paid up front and the bar being open early. Their most notable gig was probably playing the same stage as Tina Turner at the Cornwall Coliseum – unfortunately Tina was there a mere week before Geoff was.

Next stop was eighties cover band Driven By Italians, which not surprisingly had a huge following of Italian language students in Plymouth, with the drummer at the time eventually marrying an Italian girl and moving to Italy. A switch back to folk music beckoned, and Geoff was a founder member, along with well known local fiddle player Steve Potter, of folk/rock ceilidh band Eddie and the Lighthouses, whose main claim to fame was opening the Elephant Fayre Folk Festival held in St Germans in the 80’s. In the mid 80’s, Geoff teamed up again with Dave Behennah to form a duo, The Chosen Two, clocking up a respectable 150 gigs a year playing around clubs and holiday camps throughout the South West. Geoff has continued a loose partnership with Dave Behennah to the present day, contributing to a number Dave’s recordings and would admit to having been a Banarette. In 1995 he joined Time & Motion, for once being the youngest member of a band, staying with this long running group for over 6 years until the band folded. A brief stint with an Exeter-based band called Smiler followed (he first came across Paul Matthew here, when Paul auditioned for the band), and when that band folded he spent a number of years in a relative musical wilderness, picking up the odd dep gig here and there.

In 2007 he was asked to form a new band based just over the water in Torpoint – Shoreline picked up a few gigs here and there, but this period was more notable for the first meeting of Geoff, Dean & Paul. Sam joined in 2008 after answering an ad placed in a music shop window and deciBelle evolved from that moment.

(Photograph by Sam Royall)

Keyboardist with deciBelle. He started playing Keyboards at the ripe old age of 19. His first 'real synth' was the legendary Yamaha DX-7, an industry standard at the time. He went on to own many of the top synths of the 80’s and 90’s including, Roland D-50, Roland D-70, Korg M1, Hammond XB-2 to name but a few.

His playing style is very much influenced by his favourite Keyboard players , Ray Manzarek of The Doors, and Dave Greenfield of The Stranglers.

His first band was Rockwood, a South Hams 5 piece band, which he stayed with for 9 years! He then took a Sabbatical for a few years before the itchy fingers got the better of him. He then played with bands called Jab, Smiler (where he first met Geoff)

and Band of Gold before finally meeting back up with Geoff in Shoreline from who’s ashes deciBelle was borne …….

(Photograph by Lauren Hales)

Daryl joined deciBelle in April 2011 and shown his wide variety of drumming styles since then. Daryl has gigged in numerous Devon based bands, playing both covers and original material.

(Photograph by Lauren Hales)

Started playing when he was 12, and passed his grade 8 at 16. He joined a band called Shoreline, along with Paul and Geoff. This led to the formation of deciBelle just over 2 years ago. Dean has owned and gigged many guitars but his preference lies with the Fender Stratocaster (for that Hendrix tone).

His influences include Jimi, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan and John Petrucci. Dean also provides the live mix at gigs using his knowledge and skills gained from his BTEC in Music Technology and Sound Engineering.

Check out Dean's solo material at www.youtube.com/deanmarriottguitar

(Photograph by Lauren Hales)

 

deciBelle Equipment List

  • Instruments
  • PA System
  • Lighting System

deciBelle's Instruments are of the highest quality and consist of:

Mapex Merian Maple Custom 7 piece Drum Kit
Zildjian K 14” Hi Hats
Zildjian K 16” Crash
Zildjian K Dark 18” Crash
Istanbul handmade 18” Crash
Sabian Pro Sonix 18” China
Zildjian K 20” Ride
Sabian Pro Sonix 10” Splash
Sabian B8 8” Splash
Samson Drum Mic’s

Suhr S4 and Fender Stratocaster Guitars
Marshall DSL100 with 2x12 V30 cab
Pedalboard with Boss, Ibanez, Morley Effects

Korg Kronos and Nord Keyboards
Seperate Mackie Mixer for extra control options

Lakeland and Overwater Bass Guitars
Genz Benz, POD XT rack system
Shrodeor Cab

Shure SM58 Mics (wireless + wired)

 

decibelle's PA System consists of:

Allen + Heath Wizard 3 16:2 Mixer with stage box/multicore
DBX Driverack Actice Speaker Management System
Samson 4 Channel Headphone Preamp
4x Mackie SRM450 Speakers
2x dB Technologies 400W Active Sub Speakers
All Shure Microphones (wireless + wired)
Van Damme XLR Cables with Neutrik Connectors

 

deciBelle's Lighting System consists of:

IMG 3m Goalpost Lighting Truss

1x Visage Par Can

1x Chauvet 4 Play LED Moonflower

2x Floureon L.E.D moving heads

2x American DJ Inno Pocket Spot Moving Heads

2x Chauvet DJ EZ Wedge LED Tri Colour Wash Lights

1x Kam Moonglow

2x Kam XY Lasers

1x Beamz ICE700 Dry Ice Machine

All DMX programmed through “Freestyler”

 

 

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