Music plays a massive part in my life and is most definitely my biggest passion, and perhaps is what I am best at? As a young child I could pretty much pick up anything and get some sort of recognisable noise out of it. I went through the usual kids thing of playing the recorder in assembly but wanted to play something louder! I then started playing the trumpet and earned a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London which made my parents very proud.
However, I was constantly getting in to trouble for not doing my homework learning tunes they supply (you know the sort of thing!) but instead coming back and playing something like Phil Collins or other pop music - which was much harder anyway! I also tried to form a weird sort of pop band using classical instruments which I though sounded great but we kept getting chucked out of the practice rooms by the teachers for playing inappropriate music! Added to that, I used to wear big Doc Martins which the band master took a disliking to as he claimed I was tapping my foot too hard - me and him never hit it off to be honest and after a couple of years I decided it was not for me. However, I did have the last laugh because I passed all my exams, both theory and practical when they said I did not stand a chance.
It was obvious that I was never going to pursue a career in classical music so I turned to pop/rock and formed a band. It was rubbish but great fun. Eventually I met a brilliant guitarist and vocalist from Wales called Kevin White and we formed a band called Keetah which was successful enough to earn us a pretty good living. In fact I would go as far to say that it was Kevin that actually inspired me to get better and more confident on stage and I owe a lot of what I do now to that man.
After the Keetah thing I formed various bands with other people, some good and some not so good but all great fun and all contributed something to my musical experience.
In 2006 I stopped playing music because I had a new business which simply took over my life. The change in me over the next few years was not good, it was almost as if I was a different person. I became grouchy and pretty unhappy and started acting way out of character. In 2011 I jacked the business in for many, many reasons although the major one was due to my dodgy and pretty dishonourable business partner. It was the best thing I have ever done.
I started playing music again and converted one of my rooms into a modern hi-tech digital recording studio. I now had the right environment to start writing original material and all the gadgets required to record it. I also got back in touch with Kevin and we were writing an album as Keetah but that seems to have fizzled out now. However, I also set up a separate music project called Sanity Bypass and have almost finished the first album and well in to the second one already!. You can read more about the bands in the relevant sections of this page.
Music is now also part of my working life creating soundtracks for video and film projects, adverts and more, all of which I enjoy immensely.
Keetah started out in the late 1980's as a pop/rock covers band (that means doing our own versions of other people songs) and became an instant hit on the local music scene. We were voted best local band for 5 years on the bounce which is a great honour.
Our problem was that we never wrote our own material, I supposed we were wrapped up in the live shows and adoration we were getting locally. Looking back this was a huge mistake on our part. However, all was not lost.
In 2011 we set out to put things right and record our own original material. As it turned out, I wrote everything and I think Kevin got sidetracked so it never happened in the end, although never say never!
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Sanity Bypass is my licence to do whatever I want musically away from the main 'Keetah' thing. Keetah is a rock/pop band but sometimes I like to do things a little different and experiment. Basically Sanity Bypass is a music project where I can work on my own or collaborate with other musicians or singers on various styles of music. Right now I am working on a solo album as well as recording some tracks with Steve Duffy, a singer from Luton.
I don't claim to be a great singer so am always happy to write the music for people who can sing well, after all the music is the most important part of a song which is why I enjoy doing it.
The solo album will be released sometime in 2014 and will be available via all the major online music retailers such as iTunes.
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Although I would be happy to write music pretty much 24/7 at some point I have to actually earn some money from it. Although it's a very niche market and many people seem to think they should be able to have music for free I do it because I enjoy it - it's never going to make me a millionaire but it should!
I have written sound tracks for various projects from holiday venue adverts through to product launches as well as background music for cinematographers and short film makers. I have also been commissioned to write music for other artists from rap right through to dance with everything in between.
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