I have fancied a funky red Nord for many years. They are renowned for their character, hand-made Swedish build quality, and weird, wonderful, individual high-end sounds. I almost got myself a Nord Lead a couple of years ago, but was concerned about having the time to programme in the sounds - and then came along the Nord Lead A1 - designed for people with busy lives who need to quickly programme, and get stunning results. After only twenty minutes of demoing it — I was hooked. Since owning it, I am in knob- twiddling paradise. I feel like that sixteen year old kid again when he got his first analogue synth. In summary, it’s fun and funky, but with some seriously epic sounds.

Rob Cottingham

UK

Associated acts:

Cairo
Rob Cottingham (Solo Projects)
Touchstone

Rob started his musical career with a school band, later forming a rock band called ‘Cinema'. In the early 90's, he gigged with an RnB band - but was always itching to write his own material. He formed 'Ghost' in ’95, gigging with rock covers.
Rob later produced his own album. ’Behind The Orchard Tree’ (BTOT) was recorded at Linford Manor Studios, UK, and released in March 2002 - from which he founded Touchstone, who went on to release one EP, four albums, a double live album and a live DVD, hitting the UK rock album charts at No34 in 2011 and No26 in 2013 after being signed for the last two albums. The band toured UK, Europe and USA. 

In November 2015, Rob took the decision to form a brand new band called Cairo, where he wanted to keep the same sensibilities in writing, but make the guitars heavier and add more electronica to the sound. The band was launched August 2016 and the album ‘Say’ was released on the 3rd October to rave reviews – including a stunning recommendation from Steve Hackett (Genesis). The band won Classic Rock Society’s Best Newcomer Award a few months later. Rob released a solo follow up to BTOT with Back Behind the Orchard Tree in April 2019, and Cairo released a live album ‘Alive In Holland’ in January 2020 with the next studio album planned for later in 2020.

Renowned reviewer Geoff Barton, from Classic Rock Magazine, described Rob as “Peterborough’s answer to Vangelis”. 

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