What are you listening to right now?
‘Trance Fusion’ by Frank Zappa. Not trance, or fusion in fact, but rather a collection of Frank Zappa guitar solos.
How did you get into music?
My dad was a jazz violinist, so some of my earliest musical memories are of Yehudi Menuhin, and Stephane Grappelli. He was also a big fan of Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, and New Orleans Jazz. I also had 2 older brothers. One of them loved Motown and listened almost exclusively to that. My other brother had a fair mixture of styles in his collection, most of which didn’t grab me at all. He did have a few bits of jazz, such as Dave Brubeck, and Miles Davis doing Porgy and Bess which I liked, and some albums by The Jam, which also appealed to me for the rawness and emotion in it.
What have you been reading lately?
I’ve been re-reading my favourite book ever….’The Third Policeman’ by Flann O’Brien. It’s like Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups. Funny, scary, poignant, and very clever. Would highly recommend to anyone who is not without experience in the area of consciousness expansion!
Who is the most influential person in your life?
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He’s always there for me, guiding me to make the right choices. Obviously, He doesn’t actually answer my prayers….or make himself known in any way. In fact, when I think about it, he doesn’t really do anything at all does he. D’ya know what? I want to change my answer. The most influential person in my life is my dog, Brett. He knows how to live in the moment. Always has a very positive outlook on life, and as long as his basic needs are met, is quite happy. A good role model.
Which song do you wish you had written?
‘White Christmas’ by Bing Cosby. I don’t personally like the song, but it’s sold over 50 million copies. With that money, I could spend the rest of my life making highly esoteric, experimental music that no-one will except me will enjoy…perfect!
We’re at the bar. What are you drinking?
I’m drinking whatever you’re buying.
Who would you dread getting stuck in a lift with?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be Paul Weller.
If you were a London tube station, which one would you be?
I’d like to be Great Portland Street, because it sounds kinda upmarket and a bit posh, but in reality I’d probably be Cockfosters.
Are you heading to London?
I go to London nearly every day for work. Today I’m in Wembley. Tomorrow Hammersmith.
How can we find out more about you?