How has the reaction to your latest CD been?

The reaction to Textures has been very positive, and as its only been 

out a few weeks I am very happy and optimistic that the music press and radio, plus the listening public really seem to like it.

Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

Musically my influences vary possibly far too much to list here. 

Primarily I'm a Jimi Hendrix freak, and he's my main influence 

musically. I love all types of music, blues, rock, jazz, soul, funk, 

                                                                                                                                  country, as long as it's played with heart and soul.

Non musically, I'm influenced by spiritualism, in a philosophical sense, 

not religious sense. The feeling that we are all connected, human, 

animal, plant, sea, air etc. I trust intuition and believe in 


People who have influenced me primarily,include Bruce Lee, Black Elk ( 

Native American Chief and Author ), my wife Ayesha.

What inspires you to do what you do?

A few things, mostly passion, desire to succeed and gain stability and 

security doing something that drives me. I am my music. It defines me as 

a person. In a way I don't need inspiration to do it, it is just me.

What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money?

With my own money probably 'Alchemy Live ' by Dire Straits on cassette.

What's the most unusual place you've ever played a show or made a

recording? How did the qualities of that place affect the 


I played a gig in a tepee once, for a wedding. That was interesting. It 

wasn't recorded but it was very surreal.

What has been your most memo. able moment in your music career so far?

Hearing my music on the radio for the first time. I felt proud, 

vindicated, and also knew the hard work starts from there.

Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?

I was having a meal at a beachside restaurant in Marbella. I got up to 

pay the bill at the till and the Spanish waiter said he had been 

watching me on YouTube for a few years. I'm not well known at all so the 

chances of that happening are remote!

If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become

a reality, what would that be?

I would change the current perception of what music is to the masses. 

Most people watch talent tv shows like X Factor and think that is music. 

Because of this, live music and creative music souls all around them are 

getting strangled of life, outlet, existence. If you look at the charts 

from the late 60s you would see pop music, obviously, but also more 

diverse music by eclectic acts. This is not so these days.

What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?

I have nearly 7000 songs on my iPod and I hand picked everyone of them. 

So I don't think any would be embarrassing, but I expect others would!

What does the next 6 months look like for you?

We go into the studio early January to record my wife Ayesha's second 

album, then I begin part 2 of the Textures tour in the UK, late spring. 

I'm looking at shows in Europe following a European release at the end 

of April.

What can people expect to see at your live performances?

They can expect that no two shows will be the same, as we improvise a 

lot. It will also be a diverse show, not just blues, but a lot of other 

musical influences too.

What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium. Europe.

Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?

People tell me they can attach my lyrics to their own experiences and 

that it has helped them get through some dark times, or others tell me 

that my song brings back nostalgic memories in some way, particularly 

'Just One More Day' from my debut album 'Days Of Destiny'

Best track you've ever written and why?

That's a hard one. At the moment I like Three Wishes Part 1+2 from 

Textures. They are both personal to me, and so far only three people 

have recognised why I called them Three Wishes. I like the chorus chord 

change in Part 2 particularly. Sometimes music just writes itself, as if 

I found it under a rock...

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