I began playing the guitar way back in the 60's! I was probably about 14 when I first started and began playing in my first band in 1970.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I think that it was probably Black Sabbath at Portsmouth Guildhall but those days are a bit of a haze for various reasons! I do remember they were bloody loud!
What gear do you use?
I have a beautiful Ibanez Lee Ritenour LR10, a Line 6 Variax 300, a Squier Strat, an Epiphone FT 150 6 string acoustic and an Ibanez RDGR bass. I also have a Mandolin, a O1W keyboard and a studio set up around a AW2400 24 track DAW. I think that the LR10 is probably my favourite as it has been with me for over 30 years!
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Not sure really. It was recommended to me by a vocalist from a previous band that I was in, so I'm looking forward to seeing what develops!
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Initially it was The Beatles but after them I would say Led Zeppelin were my favourite band. Later on I began listening to jazzier stuff like George Benson, Weather Report and Frank Zappa who I checked out at my older cousin's advice. Hot Rats is a cracking album!
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I've been in a few bands over the years but now play as a solo artist. Xenophus Toad was my first band which consisted of myself and 2 schoolfriends. Other groups were Cold Sweat, Paul K Jones & Terminus, Eclipse and Clubland. I have also been in a duo with a Keyboard player and even played at a variety of Folk Clubs back in the 70's appearing with Jasper Carrott, Jake Thackery and Richard Digance. I still play at pubs in the South West of England to the present day.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
It would probably be Jimi Hendrix - although I probably wouldn't even play; I'd just stand and watch in awe!
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Largest was about 2,500; it was at Pontins in Prestatyn during a Xmas series of gigs that we played at in a previous band Eclipse. Smallest was with the same band somewhere in Brighton to about a dozen people. They apparently advertised it on the wrong night! The most memorable was probably the last night of the Prestatyn Xmas gigs as the atmosphere was brilliant.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper - it's just a classic! Bought it when it first came out and it still sounds amazing today.