Going back as far as I can remember, the sense and need to create rhythms has always been there. I used to get in trouble at school for using pens as drum sticks on my metal pencil case creating all sorts of beats, as you can imagine that didn’t go down well…but then that progressed to a friend’s drum kit and I was hooked and couldn’t stop drumming.
From about the age of 15yrs old is when I started my own drum teaching business. This was running 6 days a week and at one point I literally couldn’t take on any more students. On top of that, I was out drumming with bands in clubs and pubs.
Still to this day I find music and drumming somewhat cathartic to me. After every gig or band rehearsal it’s like a reset, it just helps keep me grounded.
What bands have you played with and what gigs have you played?
Literally the most eclectic mix you can think of! From operatic power metal right through to big band jazz, punk, and pop – I’m talking carpeted rehearsal room walls to The Royal Albert Hall
Starting out I played with local bands such as Jonny Quality – this band was probably a game changer as I was only 17yrs old when I joined and they had just finished touring with Fatboy Slim and co-wrote “Long Way From Home” on his album “Palookaville”
That gig just happened so quickly, I received a call from this west coast sounding American dude being like “hey man, your sister says you’re a good drummer, can you play Womad Festival in 2 days time?” and from then on it was a string of gig dates.
During this time I made my way between Brighton and London doing session work and playing with whatever bands I could find. I think this was a really critical time as it helped me understand how bands function, the in and outs of the music industry and you start to realise what your style is and what works work for you.
Do you play in bands or a band now?
Right now, I play with a band called Blue Statue which is a rock band. I reached out to them after hearing their stuff and saw they were looking for a drummer. We had a few jams and knew it was the right fit. Not only musically is it fun to play in but also as people, they're great. Everyone in the band is a real perfectionist and to be fair we’re all a bit nerdy about pedals, drums, records, etc and that’s what keeps us fired up and the whole project exciting.
On the opposite spectrum there's photography, how did that come about?
I’ve always found photography cool, I used to pick up Sidewalk magazine as a kid and be blown away by some dude throwing a switch hardflip down a 12-set and just thought it looked intense. I was always trying to take photos with disposable cameras (no digital back then!) and it just grew from there.
In 2009 I started working for Duallist as an Artist Liaison manager so that opened up the doors to photographing bigger gigs in London and the UK such as Thirty Seconds To Mars, Manic Street Preachers to Primal Scream. Live music photography is the best, I mean you’re as close to the stage and artist as you can be. Photographing live gigs isn’t always that easy though, it definitely still has challenges. There’s security guards to contend with, bad lighting, small photo pits, 3 song max shooting time but it’s all worth it!
What do you do for work now?
I currently work as a Senior Digital Account Manager as part of Publicis Groupe working with brands across web build, content marketing, print, through to video production.
Working within the marketing landscape keeps work interesting. It’s always shifting in new directions and pushing you to be creative across different verticals. I’ve worked with a variety of brands such as Heineken, O2, Honda, Disney to JP Morgan.