ABOUT ME

I am a highly experienced freelance producer, musician and teacher and have been working in top recording studios around the world for the last 30 years. I have recently moved from London to the Midlands and now work on commissioned compositions for film and theatre and teach guitar.

BACKGROUND

Coming from a musical family I started playing guitar at an early age. At the age of 15, I was doing out-front sound for local bands. I backed up an interest in sound engineering by studying electronics at college for 3 years as there were no dedicated sound engineering courses at that time.

At the age of 19, I started a mobile recording studio to record local bands in the Midlands and in 1985 (aged 21) I moved to London to work at MCA as House Engineer/Studio Manager. I worked there for 3 years before becoming a freelance producer/engineer in 1988. My first album as a freelancer was with Donny Osmond which was recorded at Peter Gabriel's studio before it was the Realworld. I gained SSL experience with Dave Botrill (Tool, Muse), and the album went gold in the USA. After a few other projects, I recorded and mixed an album for Youssou N'Dour called The Lion. I also co wrote one of the songs (Macoy), which was later used in a film, Le Prix Du Pardon. (Peter Gabriel also wrote Shaking The Tree on this album.)

I started working with the guitarist Kevin Armstrong (Bowie, Iggy Pop) and we decided to open a studio on the Portobello Road in Notting Hill which ran for 12 years. It went from16 track analogue to ADATs to ProTools Mix + and HD systems. 

 

During this time, I have had publishing deals and won an American songwriting competition in the R&B category. I have also played guitar live with various acts. I have produced at venues such as The Shepherds Bush Empire and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

 

In addition to studio work and teaching etc., I have a number of patents for music related inventions; notably the Guiboard: A hybrid of the guitar and keyboard. [Patent no. GB2448356.]

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