I was born in Poole, Bournemouth, England in October 1975. I left for Dublin soon afterwards to live with my mother and grandparents, and lived there for 27 years.
In 2003, I moved to Co. Leitrim, a quieter, more remote part of north-western Ireland to try to live a simpler, quieter life and havn’t looked back once..
I’m a bit of a weird, non-conforming, narky, individualist type. I’m also a dreamer and philosopher and always have been really…I feel as if I came to this planet about 20 years too late, the 60’s sounded good!
These days I spend most of my time Designing and Preaching the IT Gospel through my Multimedia Design Company Reverb Studios Design but I also still do a bit of song and poetry writing, recording and contemplating music in my digital home studio.
I’m not religious but Music is my religion and spirituality. The power of it amazes me and it’s what I turn to when all is chaotic and uncontrollable. I find comfort, inspiration, safety and quiet in music and am thankful to have discovered it’s magic.
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..!