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FILE - FAN FACTS
PLACE OF BIRTH
Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK
Korg Triton Extreme
(Although I tend to use 2 on stage with TEN)
FAVOURITE TEN TRACKS
Ten Fathoms Deep
(And Apparition, A Smuggler's Tale, Glimmer Of Evil, Centre Of My Universe, Love Song, After The Love Has Gone, Through The Fire, Lamb To The Slaughter, Goodnight Saigon and Wildest Dreams and of course THE NAME OF THE ROSE! :) )
FIRST MUSICAL HEROES
TOP 3 FILMS
TOP 3 BOOKS
TOP 3 CITIES
TOP 3 FOODS
(All served with a nice plate of chips and NO peas)
TOP 3 DRINKS
DESERT ISLAND TOP 5
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood (My Daughter's name is there!!)
Genesis - Foxtrot
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
Frost - Milliontown
Could easily change my mind tomorrow though ;)
DREAM LIVE VENUE
Red Rocks - what a venue!
1) Which are your main musical influences?
I think that a cocktail of styles and genres has influenced me. The obvious ones are really ambient synthesizer music of the mid to late 70’s and progressive rock from the same era. I also feel however that the keyboard layers and approach to AOR also played apart from the likes of Foreigner, Toto, Survivor etc.
2) Which are the most challenging TEN tracks to play live?
That would be Valentine. 2 reasons. It’s not easy to play anyway and that is compounded when you’re on your own for umpteen bars :) Regardless of that it is a wonderful song, beautifully composed with an awesome guitar lead. What else is needed for a timeless ballad?
3) What's your first childhood memory of doing something rock related?
Skipping stones out to sea and seeing how many bounces I could get before it sank!
4) Which are your favourite three songs of all time?
Awaken (Yes). Numbers 2 downwards changes a lot depending on what I’m currently playing. At the minute N02 would be San Jacinto (Peter Gabriel) and N03 Black Light Machine (Frost*)
5) Who would play you if a movie about the band was made?
6) What was your first day job?
Delivering Milk – 14yrs old.
7) Which hobbies/interests you have that could surprise people?
I have nearly 3,000 DC comics. Being a bit artistic I always loved the superhero graphic comics and the way they were drawn. Once you get hooked into the story lines and that universe though it’s a bit hard to stop. I still paint and draw but no were near as much as I would like to, music takes up so much of my life these days with all the projects I’m in. It is a wonderful place to be though, no complaints. I owe Gary and TEN a debt for giving this musician the opportunity to spread my broken wings.
8) Which are your favourite sports/teams?
Not overly interested in following a particular sport or team. I used to play a lot of English football and Rugby at school. (I know I’m a skinny weed but I was quite fast on the wings). I’ll watch England play but never expect much. I’m English, you have to get used to it!
9) Where is your favourite place in the world?
I’ve not traveled much, apart from with my brothers in TEN so I’ll stick with home and the Lake District, Cumbria, England.
10) Who is your favourite musician?
Right now that would be Jem Godfrey of Frost*. Uber-talented, comical, excellent performer, composer and producer. A total spawny git. :) That’s me being utterly jealous. He seems a decent bloke too.
11) What is your favourite breakfast cereal?
All Bran Golden Cruch or maybe Shreddies.
12) What is your favourite music guilty pleasure?
I like what I like (in my wardrobe), I’m not ashamed of any of it. Some others would see it as an issue not me. I love early Genesis, but I also love all Collins era Genesis AND his first 3 or 4 solo albums.
13) What is the proudest moment in your musical career so far?
My first night on stage with TEN in my home town on the same stage I played my first public performance. I had played it before but that was a totally different experience, nervous and elated at the same time.
14) Which would you say have been your role models in life?
You're only here once, why make enemies?
Life's too short so in the words of Woody from Toy Story "Play Nice".
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