I started off purely by accident -
As time passed people were getting to know me as a synthist but I needed to progress more. I was asked if I was interested in supporting Erasure as a support act. I jumped at the opportunity but after accepting I received a phone call regarding Andy Bell, saying he wasn't well and Erasure had pulled out. I was asked if I would support another group but I turned the gig down, a real shame, but it gave me more time to crack on learning synths.
A couple years later I was asked to support UK Subs. I spoke to Charlie a few times but unfortunately my mother got ill and, while looking after her, I lost his number. I went back to the drawing board and went to St John's University to rehearse my music and I had a guy called Richard Lawrence as my tech guy. Unknown to me at the time he told he was Rick Wakeman's sound engineer and had also worked as Gary Newman's sound engineer. He gave me a lot of good advice over the months I was there.
After that I moved on to Old Chapel Studios in Leeds. I spent some time rehearsing there and met up with Adrian Burch and David Whittaker. These guys were responsible for doing Emmerdale, Heartbeat and The Royal Family, plus other projects for channels 4 and 5, but again I had to gain experience. David Whittaker was the ex-
I have worked with, and learned much from, Richard Lawrence, who was the sound technician and engineer with Depeche Mode and Jethro Tull
While I was at Old Chapel Studios I used to speak to the Kaiser Chiefs. I was the only person to rehearse my music when the Kaiser's were at Old Chapel Studios, no other bands were allowed in, apart from myself. It was a honour and privilege. I later bought from David Whittaker the Korg z1 synth which had belonged belonged to Gary Numan and Bill Curry.
One of the unique aspects of my playing is that I play multi array of synths simultaneously. I don’t use any computer or separate sampling system -
More recently I’ve been working on music which is more movie soundtrack style -