COURSE LEADER | PLYMOUTH
What is a memorable musical memory from your childhood?
My parents telling me in no uncertain terms I could not have a drum kit in the house. Tim, one of my more devious friends from school, suggested if I was to buy a bit a time then they wouldn't notice and before long I'd have a kit. Off down to Wants, five purveyors of second hand gear, we trekked and purchased a rusty old steel snare drum, a beaten old Premier Olympic kick drum and a pair of metal discs passing themselves off as high-hats and so my musical career began inflicting hours of practise on my family and my neighbours for the past part of, what must have been, a head throbbing 6-7 years. They were grateful when I learned to play the guitar!
What was your most embarrassing music-related moment?
Back in 2002, I spent an entire day recording drums for a local band, Hive on ADAT tape machine and right at the end of the day the machine ate the tape un-recoverably. However, this led me to upgrade the machine to HD24, which led to a meeting with Dave & Nige and got me the job!
What three albums would you take to a desert island (and those you'd really take, not those that'll impress the readers!)?
Queen - A day at the races;
Supertramp - Breakfast in America;
Fleetwood Mac - The Dance.
What would your super power be?
What pop legend would you dress up as for a party?
Music software, what's your weapon of choice?
What's your fave piece of music tech hardware?
What are you most proud of?
Building my own commercial studio from scratch!
What are your three favourite music tech techniques?
- Mid-Side Mic Technique - use this a lot of the soundboard of the upright piano in the studio.
- Using groups to quickly change the mix and edit window views in Pro Tools - brilliant technique for navigating large sessions.
- Build my own equipment or music gear to get a sound or address an issue.
What is your favourite thing about dBs?
Sense of community. It's stealthy enough to run with the changes of rapidly emerging music tech. It's a great company to work for!
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
60's - 70's - some great music emerging - Queen, Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Kinks, perhaps ever get to work with the great Ray Hendriksen on some tracks!
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Paying off the mortgage! or being more affluent and therefore in a position to help and support others in their aspirations.