The Band

The Maverick Band is a virtual reality band. It launched in June 2023. It was set up by John Cristal, the songwriter. The Maverick Band’s music is probably best described as ‘easy listening’ pop but perhaps with a little hint of folk music and occasionally some Latino mixed in.

About The Band

The Maverick Band is a virtual reality band, launched in June 2023.

It was set by John Cristal – the songwriter and occasionally a vocalist… and as soon as he can play the guitar well, he’s hoping to be one of the musicians too!

John invites wonderfully talented guest musicians and singers to help him create and produce the songs he has written – 11 so far.

Some of the guest musicians include Paul Viseey, Luiz Morais, Ines Lobet & Graham Noon, who not only plays keyboards but he is also a fantastic producer and sound engineer.

The Maverick Band’s music is probably best described as ‘easy listening’ pop but perhaps with a little hint of folk music and occasionally some Latino mixed in.

  • John Cristal

    John started learning the guitar in January 2023,

    Only eight weeks into learning guitar, John decided to write and compose his first song. He was told not to bother writing songs as it was too early and should just focus on practising & learning the guitar.

    Well, being the maverick that he is, he decided to ignore that advice and so far has written 11 songs!

    And now you know why the band’s called The Maverick Band too! Coincidentally, John’s favourite films are Top Gun and Top Gun Maverick.

    “I guess I’ve always been a bit of a rule breaker, even when I was at school. I hate being told what to do or being told it can’t be done. That just fires me up to prove them wrong! I hope at least one or two of the songs become big hits. I’d love to see the faces of all the doubters!”

    Many of the songs that John has written are based on real life observations & his own real experiences; John’s songs are often mini stories, taking the listener on a journey.

    When deciding on a new song, John first identifies a subject e.g. Christmas. He then spends quite a lot of time writing down ideas, facts, etc that relate to the subject. In some cases, he carries out quite a lot of research.

    Two songs that are a good example of this are “Pele – The Boy From Brazil” and “A Lonely Homeless Christmas”.

    Interestingly, John writes the words to the song first and then composes the music to fit. Apparently, this is quite unusual as most songwriters create the music first and then do the words.

  • Graham Noon

    Graham is a producer and singer songwriter based near HORSHAM West Sussex where he runs his recording studio Eversfield Studio. He started his career as a keyboard player on the London music scene playing regularly at the Marquee Club, Dingwall’s and Camden Palace, working and collaborating with artists such as Enid Williams (Girl School), Dave Parsons (Sham 69), Andy O (Blue Zoo), Chris Squire (Yes).

    The 90’s saw a career change and Graham was appointed President of Akai Musical Instrument Corporation in the UK. Moving more into production, Graham, started Eversfield Studios in the late 90’s, working with a broad range of clients including award winning Comedian Tim Vine, Ministry Of Sound, BBC Productions and Microsoft. Graham also continued working on his own album projects including collaborations with hit singer songwriter David Martin (Elvis Presley, Barry Manilow).

    Eversfield continues to thrive and Graham enjoys working with and developing new artists, recent projects include working with singer songwriter Alex McEwan on his new album and also an EP for singer songwriter Poppy Rockett.

    Graham is very pleased to be involved with Maverick on all their new songs. Graham works closely with singer songwriter, John Cristal, to produce the final finished songs at Eversfields Studio.

  • Paul Feesey

    Paul started playing guitar in 2001 and quickly developed a passion for the instrument. It was through this that he discovered a love for bands like Nirvana, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Muse and more. He credits their style and musicianship with inspiring him to be a better player.

    Paul believes the guitar is one of the most exciting and versatile instruments you can learn, not to mention the coolest.

    Paul teaches both acoustic and electric guitar and his primary focus is on the pop, indie, rock, blues and metal genres. Paul launched Crowborough Guitar Tuition in 2017

    P.S. Paul is also John’s guitar teacher!

  • Inês Loubet

    Inês was born in Porto, Portugal. She has ten years of experience leading vocal and jazz workshops in Portugal, France and the UK and she is a band member of an array of different European/UK bands including Bahla (Help Musicians/Arts Council awardee), acapella female group Sopa de Pedra, she is a band leader and composer of Caravela (None More Records) with these groups she has recorded numerous albums and has toured in Europe and Brazil.

    Inês has received praise from the likes of Gilles Peterson, The Line of Best Fit and has been invited to play to support the shows of Brazilian music legends João Bosco, Hamilton de Holanda & Gilberto Gil. Loubet has performed at The Union Chapel, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, BBC Late Proms, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Main Stage, Wembley Stadium, EFG London Jazz Festival, Cala Gonone Jazz Festival in Italy, FMM Sines Festival (PT) and has made appearances in Soho Radio, BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM and Worldwide FM.

  • Luiz Morais

    Born in Brazil, Luiz immersed himself in vibrant Brazilian musical culture, Luiz Morais built his musical foundations playing rhythms such as Samba, Choro and Bossa Nova as well as the iconic North Eastern rhythm of Forró.

    Luiz Morais launched his first album ‘Nascente’ to critical acclaim in the UK, Brazil and Spain in 2013. His second album ‘In the Weave’, was released in October 2021.

    He is also a founding member of top UK Choro band Alvorada, who in 2019 won ‘Best Band’ at the Focus Brazil awards and ‘Best Brazilian Act’ in the LUKAS awards. In 2020 they were nominees for Songlines Music Award’s ‘Band of the Year’

    Luis is a 7-string guitar player
    www.luizmoraismusic.com

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