I have been singing for as long as I can remember, it’s always been part of my life but I started studying music formally at 12, immersing myself in clarinet and Music Theory lessons through high school.
I knew early on (thanks to a music teacher who played in cover bands around Adelaide) that the life of an orchestral player and/or a music teacher was not for me.
I wanted to write songs and be in a “real” band… A rock band!
At high school a “rock band” was formed and I had that role as the lead singer but I was never comfortable with just singing and not playing an instrument. I learnt my first guitar chord at 13 and from then on my life changed forever.
I did enough on the clarinet to pass with flying colours but my new passion was guitar, it was my ticket to writing songs and being in a band. I felt the stars developing in my eyes.
Once I left school I formed a band with a group of school friends and fuelled by the story of U2 (four friends who formed a band but didn’t know what they were doing musically but somehow became one of the biggest bands in the world) we embarked our journey towards world domination.
I learnt very quickly that this was not to be the case.
I first decided to learn bass when I was 16, partly because I could never find a bass player who could play what I wanted but also I was inspired by and old music teacher who said to me that “…good bass players are really hard to find and you’ll always find work if you can play (bass) and sing at the same time”
And with that statement, my musical path was mapped out in front of me. All I needed to do was to walk it.
Twenty five or so years on I’m amazed at where music has taken me. I have met some wonderful people, recorded and played with some inspiring musicians, toured most of Australia, played at some amazing venues and all in all, managed to make a living out of something that is an essential part of who I am as a human being.
Today I still write songs and perform them, in fact I’m working on my first CD release after many years of playing on the CD’s of other musicians. You can read about its progress through my CD Project Updates.
I play regularly around town in a duo called FIGJAM as well as tackle the role of Sting in The Synchronicity Police, Australia’s premier Police tribute show. Yes, it’s covers but that’s okay with me.
The way that I see it it, I’m a live musician through and through and I’ll take any opportunity to get onto a stage and essentially show off my musical and vocal chops.
The most important thing that I’ve learnt on my musical journey so far is that no matter what happens in my life I’ll always have music and (whether it likes it or not) music will always have me, as it’s disciple, student, apprentice and biggest fan.
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