It has been a wonderfully challenging journey, supporting myself throughout, from working nights in the B&Q warehouse and sleeping 2 hours between Sunday and Wednesday (I did 3 months of this) while doing my National Diploma, and then studying for a Bachelors Degree in Music Technology. I was honoured to be tutored by some of the humble pioneers of modern music, and plan to take their humility and respect into this venture.
After completing my studies came the capitulation of the music industry as we knew it. Anyone who has left school with little or no qualifications and then gone back into study will testify, it is quite challenging!!! so when I finished, I decided to do what I had planned to do 15 years earlier while in my last year of School.
I cycled 800 miles from my home in Doncaster, heading north through the howling Cheviot Hills, through Eastern Scotland, up through the Northern Isles, and finally boarded the Norrona from Shetland as it sailed south from Iceland and the Faroe islands. I was inspired, after reading about Norway as a child in a Roald Dahl book. I was only cycling for 21 days, but I learnt as much about myself as I did about the geography and culture. Every day had a cool story, from sleeping in graveyards to dining at the viking court. I would love to share it one day.
Upon returning to England, I could have left to pursue my dreams, but I have my roots here in Yorkshire, the birthplace of dreams. I have been a DJ for 20 years, I have been a Drummer in a local band, and I have been developing 90 Minute Music for 6 years.
In 2013 I built my first recording studio (from the ground up, with the help of my son and later on with help from a couple of good friends (we got the roof on a day before my daughter was born!!!) It was a fantastic learning curve planning the acoustics and sourcing the materials on a tight budget.
More recently I have been studying how music and technology can combine and become synergised to offer people an opportunity to create something or be part of something on a physical or social level they never thought they could do.