Chimp Spanner is the name of Paul Ortiz’s solo project. Ortiz began producing music under this pseudonym around the year 2000. The name came from Ortiz signing up for a site called Soundclick at 15 years old. He needed a username and was listening to Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench, meanwhile he thought to himself “It doesn’t matter, who’s going to care?” As it happens a lot of people are going to care! And I for one am one of them!
I love Chimp Spanners instrumental sound. It combines that heavy djent bass line with a lot of meshuggah influence and throws some Steve Vai sounding solos over the top. Beautiful. I personally love Chimp Spanners self-described sound:
“Retro Futuristic Djazz Metal”
For those who haven't heard Chimp Spanner definitely, check out all three parts of Mobius. Ortiz also has a non-metal (shock horror) studio project underway with none other than TesseracT's Dan Tompkin and Katie Jackson. The project, entitled Zeta, promises the retro synth-heavy decade of the 80s with futuristic imagery to create a cyberpunk-Esq package of epic soundscapes and stunning visuals. Check them out here.
Chimp spanner released his first album in 2004. Like so many of the founding fathers of djent, this was written recorded and produced in his own bedroom. Fortunately, Basick records picked up on this incredible skill and signed him up. By 2010, they had him write record and produce his second album.
Shortly after this album was released he had a touring band put together to take Chimp Spanner on the road! Their first gig was at the Basick records 5th birthday party which was Paul Ortiz's first time ever playing live to an audience! Previously he had only played to family and friends. Not only that, Chimp Spanner had only three rehearsals before the show and this was the first time he had played in a band.
Monuments agreed to back Chimp Spanner for this gig and while playing at Euroblast in Germany. In return Ortiz filled in as the second guitar for Monuments on their tour with Winds Of Plague.
Ortiz's versatile approach most likely comes from his parents who are both musicians from genres far afield from metal. Ortiz would always show his music to his parents who appreciated the talent but never fully enjoyed the sound. From this, Ortiz began putting other influences into his music and once his parents enjoyed the music he knew he'd done something right.
Unfortunately, Paul Ortiz started suffering from Tendonitis so had to take a step back from Chimp Spanner in 2015. Ortiz still works on his music as an independent producer and sound designer. He has produced a great deal of library music, for which he ended up winning an award for the best Hip-Hop track of 2015. Ortiz also worked on a 20 track album for Redbull Media House on a project entitled the “Sound of Red Bull”
He has also produced two sample kits for Audio Imperia. These are a selection of electronic sounds, synths, effects, drums stuff like that which can be used as anyone sees fit. These are available here for anyone who might be interested.
Hughes is a bass player by trade, for the band “Shattering Skies” but shifts over to the electric guitar to play alongside Ortiz live on stage. Hughes Started the band Blessed Inertia with Paul Ortiz, which seems to consist more or less entirely of a myspace page but given Ortiz's current injuries I suppose this can be forgiven. Hughes also has his own range of electric guitars from Strictly seven guitars. He also runs a business as a guitar tech in England.
Swan is also the guitar player for monuments so check out their page for more on him!
Le gal has been smashing things with a stick since 1991 and has had the pleasure of playing alongside heavyweights such as Pantera and Periphery. Meanwhile, he has also gone in the complete opposite direction and played as part of the St Nazaire Orchestra. He also plays with the band NeonFly who have been together since 2008 and.
Fun Fact! Neon Fly had their first album released only in Japan in 2012.