Whether he is performing live, lending his talents in studio sessions, or volunteering as an advocate of music and visual arts, the dedication to the world of art of singer-songwriter, Neil “Hardwire” Speers is without question. The Calgary, Alberta-native was introduced to music at a young age when his mother would listen to jazz and classical music. Later, Neil was influenced heavily by the likes of rock acts such as Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmore as well as the acoustic talents of Doc Watson and Leo Kotke. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Neil is also a featured guitarist with blues-rock band, The BowDogz.
An instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and composer, Neil’s songs grip fans on a personal level by exploring the themes of loss and redemption through several music genres like Blues, Canadiana, and Americana. His first full-length CD, Vol 1 – Breakfast at Epiphany’s, released in 2008 and was followed in 2015 by the five-song EP September Winds – The Art of Instrumental Acoustic Guitar. Neil also won a Best Original Soundtrack award for music he composed for an independent video detailing the culture of Calgary, Canada.
Away from music, Neil is an avid photographer and believes that every human being can be photogenic regardless of how they feel about their looks. In 2008, he embarked on a near 75-hundred kilometer journey from Vancouver to Newfoundland. The project, which Neil called Just Over the Horizon, saw him stopping to take pictures every 50 kilometers. He also loves the outdoors and enjoys camping and hiking.