My journey to being a musician began more out of spite than anything.
At around 7 I was told I was tone deaf and as such would be unable to play the violin like my friends.
But with the help of my parents I took guitar lessons and subsequently played Euphonium and Trombone and travelled Europe and was a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall all by the time I was 18. Not bad for tone deaf!
Music was always around me when I was growing up but neither of my parents were musicians. My Dad loved Paul Simon, and especially the Graceland album which still is one of my favourite. My Mum loved Neil Diamond and Cliff Richard, I can’t say I own their entire back catalogues!
At 16 the lack of local bass players, my best mate being much better at the guitar than me and the funds from a part time job led to me taking up the bass guitar.
This was a revelation and something seemed to click. Some older friends introduced me to jazz around the same time and as they say the rest is history. I was totally hooked.
At 18 I moved to London to study and soon after bought a double bass. I’ve been very lucky ever since to play with many amazing musicians in many wonderful places all over the world.
The modern musician on the whole must do many different things to pay the bills and keep the drinks cabinet stocked.
You’ll find information about the recording and production work I do elsewhere on this site, as well as the things I make and sell. If you’d like to know more about the work I do in education please click here or follow the link above.
It’s an absolute privilege to continue doing what I do, playing, recording, touring and everything else. I’m very fortunate to work with some great companies like D’addario and Aguilar, which you can find more about here.
If you’d like to read the more serious version of my life please click here.
Thanks for reading.