It all started 40 years ago for me when I picked up my sisters guitar at age 11 and wrote a song...
Inspired by bands like The Police, The Beatles, Chic and Rainbow, I quickly became interested in everything to do with bands, from writing and performing, to the technical aspects such as recording and music production. I started my own band some months later after getting a few songs together. A couple of years went past and I soon taught myself other instruments: bass guitar, drums, keyboards. I started recording in a friends studio at 15 with the band I had at the time, and soaked up recording knowledge from the first minute.
By the time I was 18 I started a band called 3D ECHO with my best friend and got my first job sound engineering in a local pro studio to help with our demo costs. The work I did as a sound engineer helped me make my own band sound better, and after about 5 years of writing, gigging, and recording our songs, we got our first big break – to record an album at Queen's studio in Montreux, Switzerland with the head engineer Dominik Tarqua, and Queen's co-producer Dave Richards.
Two weeks out of our four week stay, our session was stopped. David Bowie needed to start work on some music for a mini-series called The Buddha Of Suburbia.
The next thing we knew Bowie was listening to us jamming upstairs in the live
room and asked if we wanted to work on some of the soundtrack with him. I learnt a hell
of a lot in a short space of time working with him. The pieces of music then became the album
of the same name and our little band started to get noticed by influential people in the
Interest in us grew, the next year we played the highly prestigious Montreux Jazz
Festival, alongside artists such as Carlos Santana, James Brown and loads more. Our songs were
played, and we performed, on TV and radio in France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.
Unfortunately, the band was being pulled in too many directions by various industry egos, and
disagreements started to arise. We disbanded the following year.
Back in the UK, a good friend of mine wanted to turn his home studio into a commercial one and asked for my help, along with others, to design and build it. He found a shell of a farm building and in 6 months we had converted an old cattle barn into one of the best recording studios in the county. I ran the technical side as the resident sound engineer,and over the 15 years of working at The Cream Room Recording Studio I engineered and produced for 100’s of bands, solo artists and record companies. I naturally moved into remixes, whilst also creating music for business promo videos, running voice over classes, and recording and producing audio books.
In late 2012, after eventually owning the studio, I left it to my business partner and went freelance. Since then I have worked as a music coach for a local music school, helping pupils gain recording and performing experience. I’m still producing artists, but now it’s mainly for online clients using my home studio. Here, I have created music for many top businesses like Lego and Hilton Hotels.
Now, I’m excited to say I’m writing the score for a feature film and building a music production company with a like-minded colleague, for Film and TV.
If there is anything I can do to help you on your music journey, then please get in touch.
I wish you all the best,
Outside Mountain Studios - Montreux