I have been into music ever since i was born - my dad is a guitarist and i was brought into it that way. I have been playing instruments since i was 3 years old, originally a drummer but couldn't keep it up due to getting Arthritis at the age of 6 so i decided to switch to guitar and have been playing it ever since! I also started playing drums again at the age of 12
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Thunder, 2006, Plymouth Pavillions
What gear do you use?
Ernie Ball Musicman John Petrucci JP6, Mystic Dream, Fully Loaded. 2 X PRS Custom 24 - one in Cherry Sunburst the other in Fire Red (Ten Top), Ibanez RG1527 7 String, Mesa Boogie Mark V, Mesa Boogie 2x12 Recto Cab, TC Electronic G Major, Voodoo Labs Ground Control & Control Switcher, Samson Power Conditioner, Hughes & Kettner Zentera 2x12 Combo, Roland Cube 30, Yamaha DTXpress III, Mapex VXB Kit 10,12,13,16,22, Black Panther Snare 14x5.5, Meinl MB20's.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Rush, Led Zeppelin, Dream Theater. I love these 3 bands so much due to the fact that they have outstanding technical ability, yet they also have amazing songwriting skills. The music is always dynamic, interesting and constantly changing and also has lots of emotion.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I am currently Guitarist in Rock/Prog Metal band Ashbird. I made my first paid gig appearance at the age of 11, standing in for local rock band Catch 23. Ithen joined up with a female singer to form a duo called Vivid Sky. Vivid Sky subsequently added a bass player and drummer and they began performing at local venues to great response. We worked with producer Stuart Epps, who has worked with Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Paul Rodgers, Robbie Williams and Oasis. I then went on to play in local blues/rock outfit Dirty Blues and then Back To Coda (local rock covers). I then started up Ashbird.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to jam with Mike Portnoy, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, John Petrucci, Mark Tremonti & Myles Kennedy. All of the following are great musicians and really have such control over their instruments.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Teignmouth Music Fest, The Den. 3,000 People & BMAD 2009 - 900 people. The most memorable performances i have done are Vivid Sky @ BMAD 2009, Back To Coda @ Teign Music Fest & Ashbird's album release show.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Octavarium - Dream Theater / Hemispheres - Rush - These are my two all time favorite albums, both are absolute masterpieces and both have such musical diversity.