I have been playing for 33 years. I became a musician because I wanted to be in a band no one else wanted to play bass so I thought I would offer and watched and listened to a few bassists including the great Jean Jaque Burnell and decided it was for m,e, and when I got a summer job I bought my first bass, a Columbus Jazz copy, later removing the frets myself.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
First proper concert I went to was Hawklords at Portsmouth Guildhall, went with my good freiends Chris Biddlecombe and Stephen Baylie. It was Hawkwind but not quite and they had a great stage show with Dancers and everyting. I think it also cost about 1.50, year would've been about 1978.
What gear do you use?
My main basses are a five string Overwater Aspiration Elite, a four string fretless Overwater Aspiration Deluxe. I also use a 5 string acoustic bass and a double bass.
I use Asdown Amplification, I have a tour bus 15 and a Mibass Rig..
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Initially the Stranglers, the energy of Punk but proper musicians then more into Heavy Rock, particularly Judas Priest, then the likes of Free, Cream, Led Zeppelin and then Jazz Rock, Weather Report, Return to Forever, Bruford, Brand X and Gong.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Been in lots of local bands played plenty of shows but not for many years. Now in two Internet bands called Wirefliez and Ghost Riders and a Coventry based Classic Rock Band called Alchemista..
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Some of the great rock/Blues guitarists, Robin Trower, Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore and of course Hendrix, with a good solid drummer.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Played a gig in a Marquee in Victoria Park once, there were quite a few in there. Played the Ractun Ruin festival in Hampshire to a fair few and some packed pub gigs but maybe a few hundred, never thousands.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
That's hard, I'm thinking Solid Air by John Martyn, fantastic songs brilliant musicians and always makes me feel good in a melancholic sort of way. First heard it when I was at college in London, met a girl who was very into free and particularly Paul Kossof's solo album on which John Martyn played and she had got into his own albums.