Started playing guitar at 16. Inspired by Clapton, Dire Straits, all of my dads music. Eventually was inspired by reggae music. Inspired by Toots, King Tubby, all rootsy stuff. Developed a finger picking reggae style of playing. Recently discovered the awesomeness of bluegrass, country and folk music. Tony Rice is a massive inspiration to me.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
First one was my mates band Away from home. Best thing about it was the pure College-y rock sound. First big gig I went to I think was Oasis in Manchester City stadium. Also amazing. Been to countless gigs over the years from Millencolin to Jimmy Cliff, Martha Tilston to Aerosmith. Also saw Toots and the Maytals in Leeds.
What gear do you use?
My guitar is a Martin GPCPA3 with Fishman Aura pickup. Its the greatest thing ever. I also have a Fender strat, Fender Deluxe amp and a Marshall acoustic amp. I use Ableton Live mainly for recording and production but also like Logic and would like to get stuck in to Pro Tools when I get the chance.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Mark Knopfler and Clapton. They are what inspired me to play guitar.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I was in a Funk covers band called "White Men Can't Funk" and was also in a reggae/pop/blues/folk band called "The Melodica's New Reed" which has since disbanded.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Tony Rice most definitely. Martha Tilston, John Frusciante or Toots and the Maytals.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Unity Day in hyde park Leeds I think it was 2009. Best gig I ever played. Second to last on on the 2nd stage and cause it was raining and we were playing in a tent we had a big crowd. It was awesome.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
"To record only water for ten days" by John Frusciante. It has been my favourite album since I was about 17 but I still have no clue what the lyrics mean. Go figure. But it is amazing.