What inspired you to become a musician?
I fell in love with music at a very early age - no memory when! I certainly never considered doing anything else and my favourite past time was improvising on the family piano.
Who are some of your earliest influences?
My first music purchases were Motown artists on the one hand - I just fell in love with the groove, and obscure electronica on the other. I started on Jean Michelle Jarre and Vangelis before moving onto Isao Tomita and the hard stuff!
Before your current gig with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets who else have you worked with?
When I started I didn’t consider myself “good enough” to be an instrumentalist - I just wanted to be involved with the process - so I started out as a recording engineer and then branched out into programming as well. Lots of involvement with various “pop” records and a stint recording live with Manor Mobiles. Too many engineer/programmer gigs to remember, but a few stick for good reasons (David Bowie, Lulu, Catherine Jenkins, Placebo) and some less so!
My first “professional” band project as an artist was called “Transit Kings” - that was me, Jimmy Cauty (KLF), Alex Paterson (The Orb) and Guy Pratt (touring bassist with Pink Floyd). Later, Alex and I started High Frequency Bandwidth and I also joined The Orb for a while. A New York rapper from Rhyme Syndicate and a close Zulu Nation associate called Dynamax guested on some of their HFB stuff and he and I also recorded an album under the name “Years of the Canine”.
Most of my work however has been scoring video games, TV and film projects.