Im a singer/songwriter who, after years of pushing the wrong type of music for my voice and having a ball and working with and meeting some amazing people in the New Zealand music landscape, eventually found my own voice.
I started in 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand in a pop/rock band called Broken Edge, I moved on to a Metal band called Black Diamond a formative version of a a band that gained popularity under a different name in the late 80s early 90s.
I then took a backwards step into a classic rock covers band called Jura performing Queen, ZZTop, Floyd and Zep songs among many others, eventually moving to a Maiden influenced Metal band called Despiser, a brief stint in a band called Tempest then two years in my last full band Roadrunner, a kind of hybrid of Faith No More and Iron Maiden with funk, punk and blues all mixed in.
I took up writing my own songs in 1992, more melodic pop to hard rock, then later with advent of GarageBand for Mac I got experimental and recorded a lot of industrial/electronica style songs.
In 2010 I put a band together, for a one off gig, called Celebrity Dollhouse a semi hard rock/punk sounding band which fell apart instantly.
Over the past 4 years I have played live in Five n Dime with my soul bro from Despiser and Roadrunner days doing acoustic rock covers. It can be fun, but due to our age few venues will give us the opportunity, though when we get it, we surprise the shit out of all present.
I have recently begun recording songs I wrote many years ago and have some new material on the boil which is what will be showcased here.
I believe in the organics of writing and performing not a paint by numbers, pedantic process. Real Music, was, is and always shall be about heart, souland passion, not mechanics and trickery.
Playing live no matter what is an absolute privilege, even more so when people respond. Im always nervous before hand, especially when playing to a small audience, but I never went out half assed at any gig. For good or bad I know Ive made an impression at certain times. Most recently I've received great appreciation for my vocals when performing acoustically. I'm no vocal acrobat, but I deliver passion and when people get that its the best rush of adrenaline there is, no drug can replace that even at the low level I have been at.
Queen ( May and Taylor in particular), Cheap Trick, Kiss, Rush, Bowie, Tom Petty, The Tubes, Springsteen, The Who (Pete Townshend), Bowie, Alice Cooper, Manson, Tea Party, Jeff Martin, Tangerine Dream, Styx, The Sweet, Ace Frehley, Neil Young.
I use GarageBand, Ovation and Ashton Guitars, Ibanez G10 Bass, Honer Harmonicas, EleKtron MF 22 interface, Senheisser Headphones, Peavey and Sound Dynamics mics
You cant learn music, you have to feel it to be real.
Music is a vibe, heart, soul, it is imperfect by nature and like nature it should not be spoiled by over thinking, over producing or forcing things or painting by numbers. For me pure music is organic and raw, if I have to hint for ideas then the end product is utterly worthless.