Going back as far as I can remember I've also been tapping rhythms and I've always loved music. Growing up my parents always had music playing in the house or the car ranging from Little Richard to Sting.
Around the age of 13/14 I was just obsessed spending any available time I could on the school drum kit. I eventually persuaded the parents to buy me a drum kit and from there I took lessons with a local teacher called Jez Owen - my mind was blown as he could play drums to all of my favourite songs. It still feels like yesterday having those lessons with Jez and bringing a blank cassette tape so he could record all the beats.
Around 15/16 I started my own drum teaching business which started off with one student every Friday and over the years it grew to a point that it was running 6 days a week. On top of that I was out drumming with bands in clubs and pubs, it was full time drumming and music.
The song below was from my first time in the studio when I was 16yrs old and we recorded on to tape - no pro tools, no fancy editing, completely done on one take. It was such a learning experience hearing myself back for the first time and suddenly stripping out all the over playing on the original take that we did. After listening to my favourite drummers for hours I assumed that they did it all in one take and I had no idea what Pro Tools was at the time so my attitude was 'get it right'. Ever grateful for being in The Indigo and the laughs we had are irreplaceable.
Touring, Bands and Venues.
My first break was with Jonny Quality – this band was a game changer as I was only 16yrs 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 happened so quickly, I received a call from this west coast sounding American dude saying “hey man, heard 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 and recording.
During this time I made my way between Brighton and London doing session work and playing with different artists and bands. I think this was a really critical time as it helped me understand how bands function, the ins and outs of the music industry and how it can all end the next day.
Until October 2018 I was playing with a London rock band called Blue Statue - 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. Unfortunately, due to full time work I wasn't able to commit to the band in which the others are able to which is a real shame but I do genuinely wish them all the best because I think the potential there is massive.
I’ve always found photography interesting and it runs in the family. I was always trying to take photos with film cameras and it just grew from there, skateboard photography has a massive influence.
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, you’re as close to the stage and artist as you can get. Photographing live gigs isn’t always that easy though, it definitely still has challenges such as angry security guards to contend with, sometimes bad lighting, small photo pits but it’s all worth it.