Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.
I like music, travel and people. I also like beards, prepared guitar, zombie movies, Clint Eastwood films and life.
More about me…
In 1996, when i was 11 years old, I went to Japan on a school trip for 10 days, and I fell in love with travel. I worked hard and saved up, and with the help of my parents went back on another school trip in 2000.
In 2001, i started playing music, through the guitar, and other than travel, it’s all I’ve wanted to do since.
In 2003 and 2004, i completed a diploma in comtemporary music at MAINZ, and from 2005 – 2007, i completed my Bachelor of Music (jazz) at NZSM.
In October 2009 I went to Thailand and Laos for 2 months and it blew my mind. I met so many amazing people and saw so many incredible things. In June 2010 I went back to Thailand and Cambodia for another 5 weeks.
For the last 5 years, since I graduated, I’ve been playing music professionally in NZ and abroad, and i’ve had the privilege of playing with some fantastic musicians, and been involved in heaps of great musical projects. Spiral, Fleur Jack and the Jandals, The Auckland Jazz Orchestra, Blacksanddiva, Llovisna, Plastic Sheep and Vitamin S to name a few. I’ve also been fortunate enough to teach guitar to some amazing and talented kids, at Wentworth College and Pinehurst school in Auckland NZ.
In October 2012 I left New Zealand indefinitely to travel, make use of my UK passport and to further explore music and develop my own musicianship. I’ve spent a month in Burma, another in Thailand, 40 days in Bangladesh, and I’m now in India. I don’t really have much of a plan, other than to explore life, music, the world, keep playing my guitar with funny objects and also conventionally, meet people, and keep smiling.
At the time of writing:
Current favourite pedal: My board is in NZ 😦 I’m enjoying preparing my guitar with hair clips tho!
Current guitar inspiration: Fred Frith
Countries on the wish list… Everywhere! Especially Georgia, Benin, Sri Lanka, The ‘stan countries in central asia, North Korea, Canada, Armenia, turkey, Pakistan, Iran, all of India, South and Central America, Cuba, and Stuart island in NZ!