Who am I?
I’m a guitarist, songwriter and producer based in south west London. I’ve been writing, recording and performing music for 20 years. I’m probably best known as the guitarist and founding member of Shaft of Steel, or from my brief stint playing bass for Serpentine.
After spending most of my twenties working in my native North of England, I relocated to London in 2011 to focus on a career in music technology. I currently operate on a freelance basis from a number of studios in and around the capital (including my home studio), using a combination of the latest digital technology and vintage analogue gear to record, mix and master tracks.
Although I mainly work with hard rock and metal bands, my skills cover most genres in the greater sphere of popular music. My rates are very competitive and I will be more than happy to give you a quote for any potential production job that you have in mind. For a full list of the services that I offer, please click here.
If you are interested in learning how to produce your own music, I teach private lessons covering Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, Studio One and more. Head over to The DAW Tutor website to learn more.
The story so far
Like most men of my generation, it was Oasis who first inspired me to pick up a guitar. I was aged 10 when (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was released and it had a big effect on me. After spending most of my early childhood taking in the sights and sounds of The Chart Show and Top of The Pops, I felt that I had finally found something that was ‘for me’. Inspired by all things Britpop, I began trying to write my own songs and my first foray into recording came soon after, when I started to experiment by linking up tape recorders and layering guitar riffs.
As the years progressed and my tastes and abilities developed (I have Iron Maiden to thank for that), I taught myself keyboard and drums and began playing live on a regular basis. I’ve since been responsible for a wide range of recorded music.
From 2004 to 2007, I studied for a BA (Hons) in Creative Music Technology at The University of Hull. After graduating, I spent two years working in radio, while continuing to produce music on a freelance basis and touring as a guitarist with melodic death metal/metalcore band Acrimonious Anguish.
In 2009, I returned to university to study for a Master of Arts in Music Production at Leeds College of Music, where I was mentored by Tim ‘Spag’ Speight, Pete Waterman‘s mix engineer during PWL‘s commercial peak in the late 90s-early 2000s. Spag’s invaluable tutelage really helped me understand the importance of having good separation and balance in a mix. I finished up with a distinction and the College Prize for Postgraduate Studies. After this, I remained in Leeds for another year, working as a sound engineer at Touchwood Audio Productions and pursuing a sideline as a music production tutor.
Today, I am skilled in both the analogue and digital recording domains (including all of the major DAW applications) and I apply my extensive knowledge of creative recording and mixing techniques to all of my work. I am also constantly developing my guitar technique, as it doesn’t pay to rest on your laurels, even after 20 years of playing!