The Hot Keys - Biography

Band Member Bios

Andy Allen - Lead Vocals & Trumpet

Originally a trumpet player, Andy is now the band’s full-time vocalist. He has a master’s degree in film composition from City University London and is a prolific composer, arranger and orchestrator, working on numerous films and adverts when not gigging.

Bertie Atkinson - Drums

Bertie has been playing drums since the age of 9. Since completing his music degree at City University London he has gigged regularly with a number of top UK bands as well as working as a session drummer and private teacher. Bertie is a welcome addition to The Hotkeys, grooving proficiently in a large number of styles including rock, jazz, latin, funk and pop.

Rachel 'Bass' Espute - Bass Guitar

In addition to her work as The Hotkeys’ funky bass player, Rachel is also an accomplished classical Contrabassist; like most of the band, she is a City University graduate. Rachel works frequently as a composer, specialising in music for video games. She has also enjoyed work writing for film and TV and teaching privately.

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Ben Smith - Keyboards

Ben Smith is one of the band’s busiest and most in-demand members. Another City graduate, Ben has enjoyed work playing in (and directing) multiple show bands. He is also one of the UK’s most promising young contemporary composers/performers and has already had a number of successful new-music commissions.