I formed my first band when I was 15. We prided ourselves on being regularly bombarded with 5p pieces at gigs; our audience being classier than the usual 2p piece-throwing riff-raff.
Determined to play gigs in better conditions than the pub where all my teachers drank, I set up a music collective - called wtss - that pooled the talents and resources of a dozen local bands. It allowed all-age punk shows to take place in a disused yacht club. The collective wrote and published its own fanzine, ran twice-weekly events in several venues, and would later release a live recording of its shows.
By this stage I had moved into the world of audio recording. The proceeds from the music collective gigs had enabled me to purchase some home studio equipment. Bitten by the recording bug, I moved to Newcastle to study a music production degree.
With the help of my friend Luke, I established an independent record label called Ex Libris Records, to document the work of the vibrant musical community I had become part of. The label’s releases covered an eclectic range of genres, from bleak folk to lo-fi punk. We wore our DIY ethics proudly: hand making our record sleeves and promoting our own events. Our gigs often featured international touring bands as well as our own artists.
I started my own recording facility, Colerabbey Studios, a place that would inform my distinctive production style: quirky and experimental textures, matched with vital live performances. It would be here that I would work on the bulk of my production repertoire.
Around this time I taught music production at Newcastle College, as well as designing audio art installations for local galleries. In addition to this I began playing in three bands that gigged regularly, and also hosted my own radio programme on the digital arts station Basic FM
Work has continued since then, in varying locations, in a sporadic fashion, on a wide selection of "projects". I have also taken the step to present my own solo material for the first time.