SO, who the hell am I??

Well you already know my name. I started playing drums at the tender age of 6. Along with my brother and sister, we would play as a cabaret act in my parents dance band. As kids we were something out of the ordinary, and soon made appearances on television shows and radio. As time went on I became more interested in guitar, and went on to play in different bands on both guitar and drums.

Nowadays my main instrument seems to be guitar, but I still play drums and bass with bands and different projects. It all depends on the music and what is required. I think I am equally proficient on all three but you can make up your own mind from the sound bites I have on this site. Some times I’ll work on a project playing all three instruments which is pretty cool when I get the chance. This website is here to give information to anyone who’s interested in finding out about me, seeing what I’ve done, and hearing some snippets of my work.

…And what do I do??

I’ve been writing and performing music on various things, and with various people, and rather than go into a long boring story about each thing, below are just some of the highlights in a neat tidy list………. ah, bless…

This is the stuff you might recognise, not to mention some great bands I’ve had the good fortune to play with and other recording I’ve done for television and also other artists.

Television Soundtrack Work
Television soundtrack work
Have recorded a whole host of soundtrack and library work for most major terrestrial and satellite networks.

Cannes
Cannes Film Festival
(Guitar) – Classical guitar piece for theme tune and incidental music for a film shown at Cannes 2001 film festival. Shown also in cinemas and on television.

Angel Witch
Angel Witch
(Drums) – 80’s/90’s Heavey Metal Band who are back on the road, covered them while they were inbetween drummers.

Guitarist of the year
Guitarist Of The Year
(Guitar) -‘Guitarist of the year’ for Guitarist magazine at the NEC Birmigham. Also was given a guitar by Peavey… which was nice! (www.peavey.co.uk)

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
(Guitar) – Played on TV appearances to promote her single release for a few different programmes while in England

Pop Idols
Pop Idols – Germany
(Guitar) – Tour of Germany with the Pop Idols German version, called Superstars over there. They had a multi million selling number 1 album in Germany, tour filmed for RTL television channel, also DVD to be released. All arena gigs for the 19 management group who own the Pop Idols brand worldwide.

Lee Latchford Evans
Lee Latchford Evans – Steps
( guitar / bass ) – Called in to do guitars and co-write with Lee Latchford Evans and producer Chaz DaBat (keyboards for Culture Club). After meeting Lee and I put together a band and wrote and played all around England

We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You – MiG
(Guitar / songwriting) – After a few days up at the ‘We Will Rock You’ show met up with Mig (Miguel Ayesa) who is playing the lead in the show. Have been co-writing material with him for his solo project

Peter Andre
Peter Andre
(Guitar) – played on new tracks for Peter Andre’s upcoming material he was working on.

Pop
Pop
(songwriting & playing everything!!) – Working with Glenn Ball from chart band ‘Pop’ on new tracks for both him and for him to present for his band.

Brian
Brian May
(songwriting & guitar) – Working with Brian May from the legendary Queen, producing tracks Miguel Ayesa and I have been writing. Brian was one of my major influences as a guitarist and musician so it was truly a dream come true to be able to work with him…….. which is somewhat understating it!! An amazingly kind and gentle guy who was a lot of fun to chat with. Some incredible stories of his years on the road.

Rick Parfitt jr
Rick Parfitt Jnr – Girl
(songwriting & guitar) – writing material for new band Girl fronted by Rick Parfit Junior, son of legendary guitarist from Staus Quo. Also on drums and doing the producing is Jasper Irn, Faye Tozer’s (ex Steps) husband, and a friend.

INXS
INXS – Rock Star
( guitar) – Appearing with Miguel Ayesa for the INXS Rockstar programme playing at Shepherds Bush Empire and meeting up with INXS

song for Europe
Malta – Song for Europe
( arranger, guitar, bass ) – Worked on the Eurovision entry for Malta…. Ah, it’s all in a days work!

B*Witched
B*Witched – Keavy and Edele
( guitar / band md) – Working with the Keavy and Edele who previously were with girl pop band ‘B*Witched’ on their new solo project ‘Ms. Lynch’. Acting as md (musical director…. fancy name for me acting the fool and people have to listen to what I say!) and guitarist for their live band and working in the studio as well for them

The Latch - Miracle
The Latch – Miracle
( guitar / drums / bass / programming and co-producer) – Lee and I put out our debut single for ‘The Latch’ called ‘Miracle’. I’ve put the video on the sounds page with some live footage caught by fans at some of the gigs.

Ten Dead Men
Track Miracle on film Ten Dead Men
( guitar / drums / bass / programming and co-producer) – Theme track and our track Miracle was included on the soundtrack for the Film Ten Dead Men from UK independent genre specialists Modern Life. A martial arts film shown at Cannes and guaranteed a 5 million DVD distribution worldwide….. which was nice!

MiG
MiG – New Single
( guitar / drums / bass / writing / keys and co-producer) – Recorded MiG’s new single at my studio. Single to be released later this year in the States. Was great to be working back together again. More collaborations planned… sweeeeeet!

Adam Chandler
Adam Chandler – X Factor
( guitar / drums / bass / keys / writing and producer) – Adam was one of the finalists in ITV’s X-Factor programme. Don’t normally have much interest in any of that, but happened to meet Adam through work and after chatting did some writing and it turned out pretty good… so we’re recording new material for Adams album and gigging here and there too!

Ziggi Baker
Ziggi Baker – New Album
( guitar / drums / bass / writing / programming and producer) – Ziggi’s been writing in a writers co-op for ages and previously signed on various labels. Having decided to release an album I was approached by her record company to co-write, and produce Ziggi’s new album due out next year which coincides with her book. Will be touring dates at that point too.

Shakira
Shakira
(drums) Was recruited as part of a band for a promo link up with German TV while she was on tour in the UK. Strange but interesting experience!

Adam Wakeman
Adam Wakeman
(Guitar, drums, bass, keys, percussion, production, composer) Adam who plays keys for Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Annie Lennox, Travis, Will Young and Atomic Kitten to name but a few is not only an extraordinary musician, composer and all round good guy in his own right, but is also the son of legendary Rick Wakeman. Adam owns a music library company and I’ve just recently written, recorded and played on two albums worth of material for that and also a load more tracks here and there. What fun!!!

Peter Cox of Go West
Peter Cox – Go West
(Guitar, Bass, Drums, Writing, Production) – Was recording 3 entries for the Norwegian entries going forward for the Eurovision song contest. We got Peter Cox in to do the vocals on all three tracks. Amazing vocalist, amazing talent and one of the nicest people you could hope to meet. A real joy to work with and hang out playing guitar with… He’s as mad as me on guitars and a great player himself to boot. Looking forward to more work with him in the near future.

Tony Hadley
Tony Hadley
(Guitar, Bass, Drums, Writing, Production) – Along with my writing partner Phil Williams, have been involved in writing new material for Tony Hadley’s forthcoming album.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith – BRIT award winner 2014
(Guitar, Bass, Drums, Writing, Production) – I played on some of Sam’s material with his first record label V&M records a few years back. Now that Sam has won a BRIT award they are releasing that material and also asked me to co-produce and remix some of that original material to be released later in 2014.


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