Gareth Hughes is an Australian multi-instrumentalist and composer, currently based in London. He performs on electric/acoustic guitar, electric bass and double bass, across a diverse array of musical genres.
Gareth was born in 1987, in Perth, Western Australia. From a young age he was drawn to the sounds of rock music. At 10, he received his first instrument: the electric bass. Subsequently, much of his teenage years were spent writing and performing with local bands.
From 2006-10, Gareth studied at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA); earning a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) in 2010, and, an Advanced Diploma (Contemporary Music) in 2007. During this time he remained active on the local scene, performing with numerous bands and artists.
From 2008-12, Gareth played bass for Australian folk rock group, The Siren Tower. This experience included supports for some of Australia’s biggest musical acts, including: Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and Birds of Tokyo. In 2010, he worked with ARIA award-winning producer – Forrester Savell – while recording the group’s debut album, ‘A History of Houses’. The album received wide critical acclaim, and was later nominated for Triple J’s Australian Album of the Year.
Throughout 2011-12, Gareth co-wrote and performed electric bass on Graphic Fiction Heroes‘ debut album, ‘Who Will Save Us Now?’. In 2013, the song ‘First and Last’ received a WAMI award for Best Country Song.
In pursuit of new musical opportunities, Gareth moved to London in mid-2012. He is highly active on the London jazz scene, and has performed at Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex, The Hideaway and many other notable jazz venues throughout the capital.
In addition to freelance jazz performance, Gareth can also be found performing with original artists Desta French and Joshua KYEOT.
Gareth is currently composing his first solo album – a hybrid of country, jazz and pop. It is scheduled for release in 2017.