'The Jimmy Chisel Solo Project' are based out of the United Kingdom.
The ‘Project’ comes off the back of many years playing, writing and recording.
From ‘18 & Life’, ‘Jim’ to ‘Coupland’ there has been various incarnations of effectively the same thing….Jimmy's songs and music.
It all started off 22 years ago when Jimmy had just left school in South Africa. Jimmy and three other aspiring young musicians got together and formed South Africa’s first real Death Metal band ‘Debauchery’. At that time Jimmy only played guitar. They quickly signed a deal with Inhouse Records, and toured and played for a couple of years gathering a decent fan base whilst writing songs for the first album, Legions of Doom. The endless gigging continued and eventually paid off when they opened for ‘Napalm Death’ in Johannesburg.
They went back into the studio and put down a couple of tracks for the, Death of Africa compilation which would increase their international fan base and notoriety. Between all this they were doing what all rock’n’roll stars should be doing. Enjoying themselves!
Eventually things started taking there toll. All the travelling and all the gigs and never getting paid (by Inhouse Records) eventually caused the band to split.
Things quickly moved on and Jimmy joined a rock band from Joburg, called ‘Noxious Candy’. Jimmy played a couple of gigs and wrote some material for them, but in the end musical differences got in the way. Apparently Jimmy wanted the limelight a little too much – to the dissatisfaction of the lead singer!
Jimmy continued writing songs, albeit lighter and more melodic and eventually went into the studio with ‘18 & Life’ to record. They did a few gigs but soon disbanded. It was on/off over the years with the band.
Then out of the blue Jimmy's old ‘Debauchery’ drummer got in touch looking for a guitarist for their band, ‘Jaded Jane’. They played regular gigs and even got paid. After a year or two they recorded some songs but in the end the ‘Noxious Candy effect’ happened. Jimmy was enjoying myself a little too much for the liking of the band. Luckily Jimmy quit before he got the chance to be fired!
Eventually by 1999 Jimmy had enough of the fussing and the fighting in crime-ridden S.A., and moved back to the United Kingdom and set up home, once Jimmy found his feet, he started to write a lot of new material. He played in a couple of bands and even had a cover band. A duo called Jaggy Thistle, they played quite a few local pubs and clubs. In 2010 Jimmy spent a week in the studio and recorded Frying Eggs under the name ‘Coupland’ and continued to write and play. ‘The Jimmy Chisel Solo Project’ was born off the back of ‘The Extraordinaries’, which was a fun tongue’n’cheek project set up by Jimmy and his friend Pauley. ‘The Extraordinaries’ was a collaboration of Jimmy's music and songs written by Pauley.
And so in 2011 ‘The Jimmy Chisel Solo Project’ was born, in mid 2012 the 'Project' signed a two album deal with the independent label Beaker Records, so let’s get the show on the road!