I started playing drums because like (most?) deep thinking 11-year olds it was the only possible route to TOTP. My first break was with a band called Black Grape back in a time called the 90s. We had a no.1 album in the UK and luckily for me the two producers (Steve Lironi and Danny Saber) went on to work with a wide spectrum of artists and I was invited to record drums and percussion for many of them (see credits).
Soundtrack work with John Murphy on films like Snatch and Danny Boyles 28 Days Later among others followed. Recording everywhere from Manchester with Electronic to Hanson in LA, where Mexican food is much better. Too much touring and recording led to working with Marcus Dravs and Steve Osbourne down at RealWorld Studios in Wiltshire, where I was invited to record drums and percussion for Peter Gabriel for the OVO Millenium project¦ more recording followed for the album UP and then world tours , learning about coffee from Tony Levin¦ oh, and playing Boules¦ a lot. Post the Growing UP tours, there was a short tour and recording with Goldfrapp followed by work on TV documentaries and more film, and freelancing. Of late, projects have been eclectic to say the least from The Imagined Village folk to Birdy pop to Clannad.
This Summer Ill be playing drums and percussion with Peter Gabriel and Sting on their Rock, Paper, Scissors tour then out again with the Afro Celt Sound System for Festivals and a Tour in Autumn, mixed in with teaching. When Im not touring, I study and record remote sessions and teach privately in both North Wales and North West England.