First of all let me say thank you for taking a chance on me by downloading my music. It means a lot to me to have you join up and be part of my own personal musical journey and I appreciate your taking the time to check out what I do. I know we’ve only just met – cyber-wise – and so I thought it would be cool to tell me a little about myself and how it has come to be that you are now reading this message from me. Sure you could just go and check out the Bio page of my website but that is for the general public not the people that have shown a real interest in my music.
Okay so here it is ….
I started playing guitar when I had just turned fourteen. It was actually the Beatles that first turned me on to music but as I grew my musical tastes broadened and before long I was was obsessed with rock music and the guitar. I was practising everyday and thinking about it twenty four seven. I spent most of my teenage years and beyond playing in lots of bands and spending many hours in sweaty rehearsal rooms and playing to half interested audiences in lots of dark dingy venues – if you’re a guitar player yourself I’m sure you have done the same. None of the bands I played in were ever likely to go anywhere but I didn’t care and I kept on going – because now I was on a mission.
During my early years I became really good friends with drummer and band mate Darrin Mooney who now plays for Primal Scream and has played drums for Gary Moore, Bonnie Tyler, Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Josh Smith and various other rock and pop acts. We are still really tight and he has played drums for me on my first two albums but even back then Darrin was always determined to go the session musician route. So we took different paths with me determined to get established in a good band where I could flex my songwriting muscles as well my guitar skills.
So I spent many years struggling, like so many musicians worth their talent, but eventully it came good. I got into many really cool bands and even managed to play a few sessions for various artists. I got the chance to work in a rock band in Australia which was a total blast. Great gigs and some even better after show partying – a real education in rock n roll if you know what I mean! After returning to the UK I started writing lots of songs and even managed to get some of my music onto radio commercials, online slot machines, computer games and one of my tracks, ‘Just Another Wibbly Bibbly,’ has been used as the theme for a roller-coaster. On top of all that I managed to get myself a pretty profitable teaching career with all kinds of guitar players coming to me for lessons. I was regularly getting asked to play in a variety of bands, occasional studio sessions and have even found myself playing in a theatre production. To top it all the British guitar manufacturer ‘Vintage’ asked me to endorse their guitars and I was happy to do it because they make great guitars and were really good to me.
All good so far and I’m grateful to have had so much work and exposure – and as we all know in the music business that takes some beating right? But despite all that something still was still missing.
And that leads us to why you’re reading this now. At some point in life you have to decide what it is you really want to do. For me, I knew I wanted to write and record my own albums. I had so many songs pushing through inside that I just couldn’t suppress any longer. Much as I love the work I’m not really a session player or singer’s side man. I’m an artist and I had to get those songs out.
Long story short, that’s why I’ve made three albums and am now talking to you. One of the most rewarding things about writing and recording my own music is when it gives someone else a buzz as much as it does me. To have someone join me on my musical journey is a real delight every time. You’re reading this because you decided to give my music a shot and if you are digging what I do then I dig you back! Without real lovers and supporters of good rock music like yourself I couldn’t carry on making music, and for that I am really grateful. Thank you.
Anyway, that’s enough about me let’s talk about you. What do you think of me? – Only kidding. But seriously I’m always keen to find out about the people who get something out of my music so please feel free any time to drop me a line via my website or any of my social media pages.
In the meantime – keep on enjoying those tunes and thanks again for being a part of my musical journey.