Before I started playing music I was heavily into the performing arts, attending various drama groups in and out of my school years. As a child I craved for further creative outlets and found myself drawn to film sound tracks, enjoying matching the scenes from the movie with the music as I listened in, of course, fantasising that it was me performing this music.
This instilled in me a burning ambition to play an instrument and around that time, rock music really started to grab a hold of me. A real defining moment for me was hearing John Paul Jones bass work on the Led Zeppelin record ‘Whole Lotta Love’. His distinctive sound with that ‘CRUNCH’ and ‘ATTACK’ on the track really indented in my mind and it became obvious which instrument that I wanted to play.
At fourteen I first put my hands on my first bass guitar and things seemed to click into place. I knew that playing bass, making music and becoming a professional musician, was all that I wanted to do with my life. As most musicians do I started playing in bands with my school friends, playing the classics and tracks of the day, it was garage band heaven. I then became obsessed with studying music theory, learning various techniques, musical styles and experimenting with composition. All this solidified with lessons from music teacher and session guitarist, Gerard Sink, whose great understanding of music put me on a track of learning scales/modes, composition, general music reading and also led me on to passing my grade 8 bass guitar after only 4 years of playing in 2006.
Having covered a broad spectrum of genres by playing in Preston (UK) based progressive rock/metal bands Spiral Tower and King Casanova; I developed a passion for stage performance, improved my singing and pushed my technical abilities to the max, especially during my front-man duties for Spiral Tower. One of my other bands House on Fire, (who formed from the ashes of King Casanova) started out on the same prog-rock path but then made the musical transition to Hard Rock, which is how I was spotted by Exit State. (Check out these bands on the MUSIC page...)
A decade later, I have toured all over the UK plus Finland, Belgium and Spain. I have supported artists such as Michael Schenker (ex-UFO and Scorpions), Therapy?, GUN, Black Stone Cherry, Blaze Bailey (ex Iron Maiden), Reckless Love and Mallory Knox, enjoyed regular rotation with multiple videos on Kerrang! TV and also achieved the coveted No1 most requested video slot during Aug 2010 with the bands video for ‘Lost Beyond Belief’. In 2013, one of my crowning achievements was winning BASSIST OF THE YEAR at the Pure Rawk awards, an award that I was very proud to receive, as it highlighted the amazing support I have from friends & fans.
Despite all the long term commitments I have always strove for versatility and the need to satisfy other music loves by joining small projects over the years. These have included a Drum and Bass live set, doing paid and unpaid session work, a few nostalgic 60's gigs for charities plus a willingness to help friends out with their musical projects. However, in the end, I always enjoy coming back to my true love of Rock, Funk, Jazz and Progressive Rock.
Diverse band influences such as Thin Lizzy, Devin Townsend, Liquid Tension Experiment, ELO plus bassists such as Victor Wooten, Mark King, Ryan Martinie have all inspired me to become the musician I am today. But inspiration is only part of the puzzle. I have had to remain focused, ensuring I keep my playing style as original as possible whilst pushing the musical learning curve as hard as possible. Over the years this constant need to improve has seen me hitting the guitar more and more. At first, experimenting with chords and using it for song writing purposes but then, just like playing the bass, pushing myself technically with the instrument to achieve a high standard of playing.
So that brings me to Exit State. The group disbanded in May 2014 but in the 5 years I was in the band we had waves of success, one of my most memorable expriences being the Micheal Schenker tour were we got to play Iconic venues such as Shepherd’s Bush Empire (London) others being O2 ABC (Glasgow), HMV Ritz (Manchester) and Wulfrun Hall (Wolverhampton) to name but a few. Exit State also released 3 studio albums in that time, one of which featured Ex THE PRODIGY guitarist Gizz Butt.
Through playing with Exit State and the exposure it has provided, I was delighted to get the chance at performing alongside one of my childhood heroes, TV’s Mr Neil Buchannan of Art Attack, and his band Marseille, one of the very first New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands (NWOBHM) forming in Liverpool during 1976. Marseille reformed in 2009 with original members Neil and Andy Charters, playing to a new generation of supporters all over the UK and beyond. During the search for a new bass player, and having toured as main support for them in 2010 with Exit State, I was really happy when Neil asked me to step in on bass guitar duties for them to session for a few amazing tours, one of which was filmed as a live dvd.
By now you know that I possess an unwavering passion for music from, playing it, to listening to it, even talking about it, and now, I am thrilled to say I am able to share my musical experiences and skills with others by teaching bass and guitar at The Jopson Music Academy in Preston, UK. I really enjoy giving my pupils an all-encompassing musical education, teaching them all aspects of theory and practice spanning many genres and preparing them for examinations. I like to think I install my enthusiasm for playing with other musicians and my overall enjoyment of music into each and every one of them and indeed, I have a great pass success rate for my guys. Since starting at The Jopson Academy, I have been delighted to extend my teaching to another school called The Song Rooms.
So what does the future hold for me?
I have gone back to my love of singing lead vocals and I'm fronting my own Bass & Drum project BREAKING WAVES!
How this idea came about is I was experimenting with a tuning on my six string bass whilst doing a cover & I ended up writing two songs from this, two good songs! after that tracks just started poaring out of me. BREAKING WAVES will be out gigging everywhere so keep your eye's pealed, we will also have a studio album out in winter, so this is a band you want to be looking out for!!! I will also be out gigging & doing session work with various bands & artist's (so check the GIGS column for updates)
If you would like to hire me yourself email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This can only mean one thing my friends! Touring, touring and, yep, you’ve guessed it! More touring! So please, take a look at my page/ pages, look out for my lastest youtube video’s and solo compositions, check out my Facebook, Twitter, youtube and just about every other social site I can be bothered with so get onboard!!