This page was last Updated on the 7th May 2020 (during Lockdown!) – it’s important you know that, because sometimes this page goes for years without an update, and some of the information is embarrassingly out of date!

This site is used to host music that I write, perform and record purely for my own enjoyment.   The music is free to listen and download, and I am always interested in collaborations with other performers, the products of which are also shared here.  This is in  no way meant to be professional music, it is my hobby, something I do for fun and to relax, and I enjoy sharing it and if other people enjoy it as well.  Comments are welcome on posts, abuse and mockery as much as appreciation and flattery.

About Me

I am a 40 something middle aged guitarist, whose been playing Guitar since I was a young boy aged 7, and who can dabble mostly competently with a keyboard and bass guitar as well.  I live in East London in the UK with my partner Sandra, and I have three boys all in their teenage years.  I work in the IT Services industry, so music is my way of kicking back and being creative to get away from all that.  I love to travel, enjoy live music, a beer and good food (too much of it).

About My Music

My style of music I always think is best described as “Progressive Rock”,  but it has influences from Metal, Pop, Jazz and Blues bands in it.  I love loud music played with instruments of many modern types really, and my favorite artists are very rock/metal orientated and include the likes of Dream Theater, Joe Satriani, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi. Without exception all my music is instrumental, I have no singing voice.  I try to make the compositions interesting with multiple melody lines from the Guitars rather than a vocal.

My main instruments include a 2008 Gibson Les Paul Standard, an ESP Volcano Mk 2 and my most recent addition a Jackson Adrian Smith Signature SDX1.  Amongst far too many other guitars which I also own, there is a Fender Semi-accoustic, an Epiphone Les Paul Copy, a Vintage PRS Copy and a Yamaha Bass.

Today, I record songs using Logic Studio Pro on an iMac, though up until 2011, GarageBand was my DSW of choice.  I use a Digitech Digital Effects Floor unit, DI’d directly into Logic, though I also have a Marshall JCM800/4×12 mike’d up for a more authentic tone. Nearly all my songs are multi-tracked and exclusively performed by myself – only instrumental exception is percussion, where the drums are either programmed or constructed using Sound Loops.  I have a Beringer sound mixing board and mix and master all the recordings within Logic Pro itself.

I’ve recorded almost twenty complete ‘albums’ (collections of 10 instrumental pieces usually with some kind of guiding theme) in the last 10 years, which are complete productions, save vocals and regardless of their shortcomings, I am really quite proud of some of them.  I usually include one “cover” version of favourite song by popular bands in every collection, and they are all also available to listen and download here (see Cover This…).  I’ve sold a few songs via music publishing sites for various uses including a Community TV Station in the US, a Games publisher in France, and a young British Rock Band who wanted to use one as the basis for a complete song (and never heard what happened to it since…).

Feel free to have a listen, leave any comments you like, share or just ignore my music, all welcome.  I’ve created a playlist here of some of my favourite creations in no particular order from the last 16 years:

Cover-Friend

Facing Down The Sun

Distant Journey

A Short History Of The Future

edge

My Naked God

Cover-Haunted

Jumpstart

Cover-PassingOnSomethingSpecial

So Beautiful

Perspective

Making Me, Like You

Tortured-Soul

Tortured Soul

many-ways-to-be-small

The Lives I Have Lived

For the technically minded, this website is hosted privately again on my own server at home (it’s previously open stack host was provided by my now former employer so a quick move was required!). It runs inside a Parallels container on Mac OSX, running Unbuntu and WordPress as the content management system.  Now hosted back on AWS/Lightsail using the bitnami WordPress containers. It was cheap, easy and reliable and as my entire job is selling Public Cloud….felt I should use it 🙂