TALENT SCOUT - John Baggott

By Jon Regen | Photo by Frank Melfi ,

British keyboardist and producer John Baggott likes Minimoogs and Duke Ellington. He also likes coaxing otherworldly textures out of a Nord Stage as a member of rock icon Robert Plant's latest band The Sensational Space Shifters. For these reasons and more, Baggott is our TALENT SCOUT Artist of the Week.

NAME:  John Baggott

HOMETOWN: Bristol, UK.

MUSICAL TRAINING: Classical training. All other styles were self-taught whilst on the road.

FIRST GIGS: My first gigs were at the Engineers Arms [pub] opposite Temple Meads railway station in Bristol. My legs shook so much I had to take them off the pedals of my Wurlitzer piano before it unplugged!

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Stockhausen, Herbie Hancock, Silver Apples, Shostakovich, the Beatles, MC5, [Duke] Ellington, Krautrock, etc. All good music, too much to be specific about.

WHAT I AM LISTENING TO NOW: Radiohead and all the above. I’m always searching new and old, high and low for pleasure and inspiration.

MY BIG BREAK: It came playing and writing with Portishead and Massive Attack. Also, producer Mike Vernon used me as a session musician on his blues label. But there is no bigger break than Robert Plant asking you to join his band.

LATEST ALBUM: Robert Plant’s Carry Fire.

FAVORITE KEYBOARD: The Minimoog D series because they are rare and all sound individual and different. I can morph my old Moog into anything at any given time.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU: Touring the Carry Fire album and continuing to learn and explore music. You never arrive at the end of your ability to adventure into new areas of music.

ADVICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION: Connect emotionally with your music. It’s the only thing that gives it/us meaning and translates its message.

MY WEBSITE: johnbaggott.co.uk  (It hasn’t been updated for 12 years - maybe I should feed it? It must be starving)!

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