A Weekend With: Todd Blackmore

Todd Blackmore
Todd Blackmore
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A-level music student Todd Blackmore, 17, lives in Portsmouth. He teaches guitar at Ready to Rock school and plays lead guitar in Spartan who play at Butserfest at in Horndean next Saturday. Here he describes his perfect weekend.

· What would be your ideal weekend destination?

I would like to go to MI (Musicians Institute) in Los Angeles for the weekend and have one-to-one sessions with the greats such as Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai.

· Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

Satchel from Steel Panther, because he is just hilarious.

· What music would you take with you?

I like to listen to a lot of different artists. At the moment I am listening to Yngwie Malmnsteen, Djengo Reinhart, Mr Big and Megadeth. I enjoy listening to lots of different musicians and like to take ideas from each of them and learn from them.

· What about something to read?

I like to regularly buy and read Total Guitar magazine. It’s very interesting and informative.

· What would be your ultimate way to relax?

I play my guitar for as long as I can each day. Guitar is everything to me. However when I’m not playing, I’ll listen to music and I like to socialise with friends.

· If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

Guitar Village in Farnham. It’s guitar heaven over there.

· What’s your all-time favourite film?

Wayne’s World. The film is a classic and never fails to make me laugh, ‘Wayne’s world, Wayne’s world, Party time, excellent’.

· We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

As much as I do love a good fruit shoot being underage, I’ll be looking forward to being able to drink Magners cider next year.

· What are you doing this weekend?

I have band practice with Spartan this weekend, rehearsing for Butserfest, which we are all super excited for.

· What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

That would have to be Old Blacksmith Studios with the guys making music. I always look forward to our slot at Blacksmiths.

· Butserfest is at Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Horndean next Saturday (September 15) from 11am to 10pm. It’s a drug and alcohol-free event with a massive music line-up, activities and refreshments for young people. Tickets: £20 from butserfest.co.uk or £25 on the door.