JAMES BLACKSMITH. BIOGRAPHY.
Jaime Herrero Fornes was born on November 24, 1961 in Guildford (Surrey), England.
Musically speaking, he spent his childhood under the influence of The Beatles, The Rolling
Stones, The Who, Sweet. His mother says that being a lullaby who barely walked and
woke up in the morning singing the song "She loves you", from The Beatles ... at full
His first encounter with an instrument was at age six, a piano. Moment in which and being
so child realized that to pull out melodies did not represent any effort.
At fifteen years of age and already in Spain began to learn to play the guitar. In the
beginning, flamenco, but already at that time the influence of groups like Deep Purple, Led
Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Camel, Genesis and especially guitarists like Jeff Beck, Rory
Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Andrew Latimer irremediably marked its
Out of class, when he was not practicing like a madman in his room, he was looking for all
kinds of people to play, from much older musicians to street musicians.
With seventeen years next to some friends of its neighborhood, they form their first group
which in principle only touched versions. But the versions did not satisfy him at all and the
first compositions began to appear and after the departure of some members and the
entrance of new ones formed the first band with which they began to play their first direct.
At that time, the influences had grown exponentially, from Police, Sex Pistols to bands like
Boston and later groups like Ac-Dc, Iron Maiden, Ufo, Scorpions, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake,
Msg, etc. and of course, influences of guitarists Like Eddie Van Halen, Gary Moore,
Two years later he would meet the veteran teclista of the rock group of the 70's Vicente
Guillot, who attracted attention the way to play and to compose.
With the help of Valen (Vicente Guillot) a few years later he would be presented in some of
the big multinational companies besides collaborating playing the guitar in two songs of an
At twenty-six years of age he formed STRANGE, a group to which he would devote almost
twenty-five years of his life. When the group had only a year to live the original singer
leaves the project and that is when they present to José Celda Lorca with which
immediately emerges the chemistry. It is the most intense time of the band.
During the next seven years, they recorded many songs in various recording studios,
composed dozens of songs and acted in all the premises of the city of Valencia gaining a
hollow in the local scene.