Jules was a late starter in terms of rock music and guitar playing. Until the age of 14 she was only allowed to listen to classical music, so when she first heard Black Sabbath it was a massive shock… but in a good way! Nearly twenty years later, she started learning electric guitar, practising three to four hours a day to master the instrument. After a gap to bring up the kids, Jules put together her first band - an all-female rock covers band. She went on to form a handful of other gigging bands as well as making an album of original songs. With Black Light, Jules can express her love of loud, overdriven riffs and quirky solos, while striking (un)suitable poses.
Coming from a family of six where everyone had very different musical tastes, Sam has an appreciation for pretty much every genre of music. But from the day he heard his first guitar break, he has been a fan of anything with a catchy riff or awesome solo. Sam believes that music has a direct line to the soul; it can make you feel pretty much all the emotions under the sun, sometimes all at once! It also has a brilliant knack of triggering great, vivid memories.
Sam has been singing in classic and indie rock bands for years, always delivering strong, passionate vocals. His aim is to provoke emotional connections and positive memories from his audience and, in his own distinctive way, do justice to the songs the audience loves.
When he’s performing, Sam loves seeing people having a ball, singing along loudly, losing themselves in the music.
Dave always delivers powerful, in-pocket, no-nonsense bass playing. He's enjoyed being part of the live music scene with a number of bands, across London and beyond, for many years. From stomping the boards in places like The Marquee, The Red Lion Brentford and The Rox Feltham with The Chiswick Flyovers in the 90s, to touring in the north with Red Herring in the noughties,
Constantly on the look out for more ways to make music, while performing original material with his band Fly High Michelle, Dave became interested in the idea of also playing other people's songs again. So, when the opportunity to join Black Light came along, he grabbed it with both hands. He's now loving playing the Surrey/southwest London pub circuit with this new bunch of talented musicians and the band's own mix of exciting covers - some as you already know them, others kind of familiar but, under Dave's influence, seriously rocked up.
Dave is currently using Fender Jazz and Precision basses - he says it makes perfect sense; he loves them both - through either an Ampeg or Darkglass amp.
Ian had his first encounter with drums – bongos to be accurate – at the age of ten. He already had a love of music and knew straight away that drums was what he wanted play. And it’s been a passion ever since.
An early art school gig, with a soul punk band called The Peashooters, cemented Ian's love of performing live, That group was formed by his then art school tutor, Pete Gibson, who at the time was a guitarist in the extraordinary Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts. Since then, Ian’s performed in a range of locations including colleges, pubs, clubs, orchestra pits, private parties, weddings, town squares, festivals, the alarmingly big Brighton Centre, and an intimidatingly cool blues club in Chicago. He's played a dizzying mixture of styles including classic rock, punk, jazz-funk, blues, soul, funk, pop, reggae and, of course, indie rock.
Ian's drumming heroes are Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Pete Thomas (The Attractions), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). His current favourite songs to play are Figure It Out and Dani California.
Ian plays a five-piece Gretsch Renown kit, with a DW black nickel & brass snare (which he insists is a thing of real beauty) and Zildjian cymbals.