I make everything from radio-friendly songs to month-long installation soundscapes.
I have made music all my life. I was put in front of a piano at four years old and while I didn’t quite do a 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. I recall being rather taken aback that the adults thought this was worthy of great fuss and praise. My parents consequently afforded me enough additional musical education that it formed a good part of my life and living since then.
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. As well as traditionally played music both acoustic and electric, I like to work across many genres, with influences and interests including funk, world music, pre-renaissance, pop, ambient, hip hop, trip hop, country, glitch and musique concrète.
Although I produce much of my writing alone, I have also collaborated, co-written and performed with and produced some sublimely talented people. I wrote a Euro hit, Survival Game (above) with Mike Turtle and a World Cup song for John Cleese with my old friend Ashley Slater. I produced the Rise and Shine songwriting show with friend and co-writer Danny Brittain.
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 under the banner of Cinema du Lyon.
Cinema is Burning, a track from the album, The Particle Zoo inspired from Mark this video.