I first came to have a deep love of music around 1991/’92 as a 15 year-old, which was quite late I guess. I wasn’t particularly deep into one band or genre, I just liked the popular songs of the day.
It was around this time that two things happened to change things considerably in my life. One day I happened to have about 100 pounds in my pocket and a desire to spend it on something nice, so I bought a guitar! I had just left school and had found nothing better to do than sit and learn to play it!
Six months and several layers of finger-skin later, I had mastered a few chords and began to play some songs that I liked.
In 1992 Oliver Stone’s movie, “The Doors” came out and I was dragged along to it by a friend of mine, never having heard of them before. I remember liking it a lot. There was something about the music in the film that moved me in some way and which still affects me today.
It was mostly Doors music obviously but there was a great 60’s soundtrack to the film as well. I believe it was from this point that I started to seriously like and ‘feel’ music so it was Jim Morrison and The Doors music that eventually got me into writing songs.
I started writing songs when I was about 18/19 and started to look for a band soon after. I managed to get into one, which we subsequently called, “The End”, as lead guitarist.
What started off as an ‘Oasis/Pop’ cover band slowly developed, perhaps due to my influence! into a good, tight, six-piece, Doors cover band! We were on the scene for a few years but never had that many gigs, eventually breaking up over the usual band politics!
Being in a band and having to de-construct songs was a great education in music and ultimately, songwriting and it cemented music as a strong foundation in my life. Another couple of failed cover band ventures later, I decided to concentrate on song writing and trying to become a published songwriter.
It’s hard to say what kind of songs I write as I’m influenced by a lot more than just The Doors. I like Blues, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Gospel, Pop, R and B and combinations of all of them, so the inspiration for my songs comes from all over the place..I guess if you wanted to pigeon-hole me you could say my music is Eclectic, but I’m not sure how else to describe it. It just comes out from the heart and head, naturally and un- censored..!