CV Jay Stapley

26 High St North, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8JU Tel 07956 3432123

Name Jay Stapley

Position: Owner Driftwood Studio (,) guitarist, writer, producer, educator, director of Dammit Ltd (

Jay delivers masterclasses on a wide variety of music-related subjects, most recently for the London Mayor’s office at their “Gigs” day in Trafalgar Square, London.


Jay’s wide experience in the music industry spans nearly 4 decades and includes almost every aspect of musical life, from playing guitar with artists including Roger Waters, Mike Oldfield, Suede, Scott Walker, Westernhagen and many more to being signed as an artist to a major label; from writing music for TV and Films to setting up his own label and publishing company: from playing gigs in venues ranging from wine-bars to football stadiums, running his own studio and demonstrating high-tech music technology for Roland, Digidesign, and more.

Jay was recently a judge on the London Underground panel awarding licenses to buskers and delivers masterclasses on stagecraft and songwriting for the London Mayors Office.

Jay owns a recording studio on Mersea Island on the North Essex coast ( This is a bespoke private recording facility for music production, tuition, etc. Recent projects include

  • producing a new recording of Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint,”

  • co-writing with artists including Tony Shevlin, Nina Ferro,

  • library music composition/production in genres including electronica, rocktronica, Western Swing,

  • EPs for artists including Andy Williamson, Marcus Valance, Nina Ferro, and more.

Jay’s ongoing live work includes taking the role of First Guitar in the first full-format live production of Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” since 1976.


Music Industry

2010-present date Founder/Director Dammit Music Publishing/label.

1991-1997 Recording artist, Warner Musik Germany.

Recording and Composition

1977-present date Recording sessions and international tours with artists including Roger Waters, Mike Oldfield, Suede, Scott Walker, Slim Whitman, David Allen Coe, Kirsty McColl, David Dundas, Westernhagen, David Mead, Henning Staerk, Toyah Wilcox, Bucks Fizz, Peter Jay, The Stiff All-Stars, Michael Kamen, Kevin Rowland, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, etc. Film + TV soundtracks including “Withnail and I”, “How to get Ahead in Advertising”, “Hale and Pace”, “The Duty Men”, and many more.

Composition of music for film and TV, own songs and instrumentals, co-writing projects, too numerous to list here. Full discography is available on request. Awarded 7 platinum/double-platinum discs.

Touring and Live Performance

1978-present date: international tours with artists including Roger Waters, Mike Oldfield, Suede, Scott Walker, Slim Whitman, David Allen Coe, Kirsty McColl, David Dundas, Westernhagen,Many others too numerous to list here: full details available on request.

Production and Engineering

1991-present day Albums, singles, E.P.s for Ian Hunt, Wives and Servants, George Frakes, The Cry Baby, Lou Cowell, Pat Orchard, Bill Conlon, Bacardi Europe Cinema Ad, etc.and other projects too numerous to list here: full details available on request.

1988-2005 multi-million selling albums for Westernhagen as co-producer and production assistant.


1991-present day Audio editing/recording/sound design for SDL, Teletubbies, Playstation games (various) CD-ROMs (various) voice-recording for TFL, EDS, Thales Information Systems, Interalia, Information On Hold, BBC, etc. Technical Director of Dammit Ltd, responsible for studio management, audio engineering, production, script consultancy, software development.

Demonstrator/product trainer for Roland, Digidesign, Emagic, Hohner and many more at international trade shows and in-house staff training.

Software writer including invoicing and client management systems for small businesses.


2016 Awarded Distinction in first module of MMus course.

2013 Awarded FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

2013 Voted Tutor of the Year by students and staff ICMP.

2009 PTTLS qualification, College of North-west London

2001 – 2002 Certificate in Java Programming, Westminster University

1969-1973 O levels: French, German, History, English, Maths, Applied Maths, Physics, Geography, Music. (Cranbrook School, Kent.)


Jay’s experience as a teacher includes course-writing and teaching at all levels (including B.Mus) and delivering masterclasses on various aspects of music composition, production and delivery, stagecraft, performance,etc.

From 2013-2015 Jay was Deputy and Acting Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Songwriting course at the ICMP, running all aspects of the programme while the PL was on maternity leave. Jay was involved in the QAA/HER review process and in the forefront of implementing the Virtual Learning Environment at the college.

2008 – 2016 Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. As member of guitar and songwriting faculty Jay has delivered on BMus, BA Creative Musicianship, BA Songwriting,, Higher Diploma and Diploma programmes. Jay wrote degree-level courses on Music Technology, Live Technology, Creating Music, Music for New Media, Showcase Workshop, Digital Audio Recording, Performance Project Workshop.

2014-15 Colchester Institute. Jay delivered elements of the RockSchool syllabus at FE level.

1975 – current Private teaching.

2004 – 2005 Guitar-X faculty member, teaching on degree and Higher Diploma programmes, guitar, live performance and music technology courses. Wrote and delivered music technology course.

1987-1992 Faculty member at The Guitar Institute, teaching guitar and live performance workshops. Wrote Country Guitar course.

1988 – present day Masterclasses and clinics at a range of private colleges and other institutions, public masterclasses and gigs with Jerry Donahue, The London Mayors Office, TfL.


Musicians Union – member

Music Producers’ Guild.


Blog ‘A Year in the Life of a Musician’, 2012-present day

Blog “Musings of a Muso” 2013-present day

Series on acoustic guitar and interview/transcriptions of Carl Verheyen masterclass interview and musical materiall’ Guitar Techniques, 2010

Series on guitar-to-MIDI converters’ Roland UK in-house publications syndicated in Guitar magazine, December, 1987-1995


Jay has had or currently has endorsements with Gibson, Fender, Roland, Kemper Profiling Amps, Digidesign.

References: on request