Long Tall J is a Dutch Prog Rock music producer and guitarist living in London who released his debut album Albatross in February 2020. The second album titled 2020 was released in December 2020 and on the 1st of May 2022 the third album titled The Spire went public.
LTJ his style is a fusion of Progressive Rock or "Prog" and Melodic Rock.
Most of his music is instrumental with a strong emphasis on melody while some of the tracks feature a vocalist.
In his younger years Long Tall J played in several bands in the Netherlands. In Groningen he was active in the "Harley Street Band" and "Boa". In Delft and The Hague he was active in "Naga", the "Curtis Darby Band", the "Menski Band" and the cover band "No Erection".
Around 1996 he started a long break from playing that lasted until 2016. In the mean time he established a career in commercial aviation. But after all these years he couldn't let go of music so in 2016 he started playing again.
Nowadays Long Tall J focusses on music production and composing and recording material for his albums.
Musical influences are many but certainly there are worth mentioning David Gilmour, Andy Latimer from Camel, Steve Hackett, Kayak, Alquin and Wishbone Ash among the old school ones. Nowadays he is open to anything that connects with his style, which is a mix from old school to more contemporary. He is very impressed by more modern artists like Evanescence, Linkin Park and Steven Wilson. And no one beats master guitarist Jeff Beck.
Long Tall J will always try to carry a melody in whatever he does. He treats his lead guitar playing as a "song in a song". The great BB King said: "Play what you like to hear." Long Tall J is also a great fan of fusing different styles.
Momentarily Long Tall J is already working on material for the fourth album that will be released in 2023.
For more in depth information check out the almost three hours Long Long Tall J podcast by G Slade's Indie Music Showcase.