Music

Music making all my life, I was first put in front of a piano at four years old. While I didn’t quite replicate Mozart and play a classical piece from memory, I sat and played the original tune I had in my head with two hands and syncopated timing for ten minutes or so. I recall being rather taken aback that the group of adults present in the room thought this act worthy of great praise – a fuss was made. My parents consequently afforded me enough additional musical education that it formed a good part of my life and living since then.

As well as making traditionally played music using conventional instruments and voice, I work across many musical genres, composing radio-friendly three minute songs, soundtracks for moving image, month-long installation soundscapes…

In the past I have been particularly interested in the space between noise and music, where one becomes the other. I improvise around found sounds and field recordings, something which I began doing at ten years old, using cassette tape recorders. An early adopter of digital media production, I have always been interested in distorting, processing and enhancing sound. At the birth of internet media, I played a role in developing the streaming technology which now underpins the likes of YouTube and Spotify.

I cultivate no musical bias, having abandoned the concept of musical “taste”. This conscious openness to all forms of music was a decision I took after I left art school, so as to broaden my musical horizons, and one I have never regretted. My influences and interests include funk, world music, pre-renaissance, pop, rock, hip hop, trip hop, vintage electronic, country, ambient, glitch, and musique concrète.

I produce much of my writing working alone, but I have also collaborated extensively, co-writing, performing with and producing some sublimely talented people.

For many years I collaborated with Mark Crook, a close friend and colleague from the age of 11 until his untimely death in 2013. Together, we wrote original music for artists and produced several acts, as well as co-writing and producing material for our own projects. Within the large body of work which was born from our collaboration are many of my best musical compositions, released via art visualists Cinema du Lyon.

Cinema is Burning, a track from the album, The Particle Zoo.

My biggest hit to date, Survival Game, co-written with Mike Turtle.

I wrote and produced a World Cup song for John Cleese with my old friend Ashley Slater. A jolly romp, like all the football songs in 2006 the song didn’t sell hugely, but it did get great radio play and some fantastic press coverage.

In 2008 I devised and produced the Rise and Shine songwriting show with friend and co-writer Danny Brittain.

In 2017, my first band, The Believers, re-released our eponymous album.

You can listen to it free, or buy fourteen tracks for the bargain price of £7.00.

 

In June 2018, I re-released my summer 1991 hit, ‘The Wind’.

Most recently I co-wrote and produced radio-friendly pop songs for Swiss artist Mike Low, and composed soundtracks for celebrated vidéaste Hervé Bernard.

You will find many more recent songs on Soundcloud and Reverb Nation.

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