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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 playing in three bands that gig regularly, I have recently branched out into voice-over work, commercial songwriting, and hosting my own radio programme on the digital arts station Basic FM.