I have been involved in music since I was 7 in one form or another but I did not pick up a guitar or join a band until I was fifteen, when Nirvana basically turned my world upside down!
What was the first concert you ever went to?
1995 in Bournemouth, Pulp on the Common People tour. It was one of the few concerts that took place in the Dorest area at that time and the noise, audience reaction and memorable songs made it a near over-whelming and addictive experience.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Anyone interested in collaborating on a project.
What gear do you use?
Gibson Les Paul 60s Tribut T, Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II, Epiphone Genesis and a Yamaha Pacifica.
Each guitar has its uses, depending on the style I'm playing at that point. I often track with the Pacifica because it's pretty versatile, but on stage it's always the Les Paul. It's loaded with P90s and it has real weight behind it.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Nirvana - they haven't influenced many of the songs I have written, but without them I wouldn't have got into music in the way that I did. From there, I explored a whole range of artists from Sonic Youth and the Butthole Surfers to Paradise Lost and NIN. I like to think I take influence from across a range of influences, rather than one specific source.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I am in Final Coil, a Leicester based alt-prog band who've drawn comparisons to Alice in Chains, Tool, Pink Floyd and Katatonia.
Final Coil formed (at least in its current iteration) in 2008 and features Richard Awdry (lead guitarist / vocals), Jola Stiles (bassist) and Dan Brown on drums. We have two albums to date, both released via WormHoleDeath Records, and a number of EPs. You can find out more at www.finalcoil.com
I also have a solo project and have, to date, released one EP (The Anchorite - Epictronic Records) and one album (The Anchorhold - Trepanation Records)
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
The various members of Sonic Youth as with those musicians literally anything goes. There have been few artists as innovative as SY in recent years and it would be an amazing experience to create something in the studio with them.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Either with Shonen Knife at a packed-out Camden Underworld, or when we opened for Marky Ramone at the London Garage. Both amazing gigs, hot, sweaty and intense. We are often more atmospheric on record, but on stage, we have a visceral energy. I always loved bands who were able to offer different interpretations of their music when in the studio or on stage, and that's something I have carried with me.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
One album? ONE? It may have to be Pink Floyd 'The wall' - or at least that's my choice for today - as it is one of the most ambitious, theatrical releases of all time and I can't imagine living on an island without David Gilmour's sublime solo at the conclusion of 'comfortably numb'