Not unlike the man who rises from his chair and immediately loses his balance owing to the discovery that prankster school boys have tied his shoe laces together, I, in similar fashion, stumbled upon music quite by accident around 30 years ago when, out of the blue whilst staring into space one day, I was suddenly handed a bass guitar with only 3 strings on it and asked by a fellow school mate to play in the school band after the sudden departure of the existing bass player had left them bereft.
And thus, the musician was born...
I was on the very first intake of students at the newly formed School of Sound Recording based on Tariff Street in Manchester in 1985 whilst living in the notorious Hulme crescents where I cut my teeth on the indie and rock scene in the 80s and early 90s. It was within these crescents where I honed my audio engineering craft by recording local bands and jingles for a Moss Side pirate radio station as well as spending thousands of hours writing soundtrack music and experimental compositions.
Three decades later since being handed that 3 string bass, I now have a studio in my home on the coast in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, Northwest of the UK. My main areas of expertise are documentaries and drama/documentaries for such global clients as The National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel, although I have also done extensive work for the BBC and ITV and a myriad of internet and corporate clientèle. Many programmes that I have worked on have either been nominated or have gone on to win BAFTA and RTS awards.
I continue to play bass (a 5 string one, this time) in rock bands as a side project, plus I also produce dark and dramatic ambient music.