Where and when were you born?
I was born in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne
When did you start playing?
At 18 I knew bass was the instrument for me, however I had to wait three months for a left handed model to arrive on special order. To keep me going I bought a Les Paul copy and played it like a bass guitar.
I threw myself in the deep end, joining an originals punk band 4 months after playing my first note on bass. I remember nervously going into the practice room without any musical theory or experience. It was a quick learning curve but I discovered a passion for playing live, supporting Enter Shikari as a highlight show. My love of Black Sabbath began in a groove
originals called Killing Space, where we covered Iron Man and others across the North East. I then formed a band called Eocene, which toured the country and shared the stage with bands including Voodoo Six and Blaze Bailey. From the ashes of this band I formed my latest group called Love The Sinner, who have released 4 EP’s, headlined the o2 Newcastle and shared the stage with hed(PE) and Elvana.
If you had to take one album to your desert island, what would it be and why?
Quadrophenia by The Who. I was obsessed by this album when I was younger, after being introduced to the band by my dad. It would be cool to look out at the water on said desert island and sing ‘Here by the sea and sand, nothing ever goes as planned’.
Who are your influences?
Tim Commerford, Geezer Butler, John Entwistle, Black Stone Cherry, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Who, Black Sabbath and Clutch.
What gear do you tour with?
Musicman Stingray & Spector Euro Classic through a Gallien Krueger Fusion 550 head & 410 RBH, with a Helix Floor for effects.
One obscure interesting fact about yourself.
I hinted earlier that I was one of those rare breed of bass players, being that I’m a lefty! From the lifelong struggle in finding basses to prioritizing stage right to avoid decapitating my singers, it’s always been an interesting twist. On the flip side I love the look of the V shape of the guitars on stage for the audience, and if it’s good enough for Paul McCartney I can’t complain.