Born in the mid 90s and raised in the south westerly regions of the UK, I grew up as any ordinary child would with the exception of a genetic eye condition, Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), which renders me totally blind in both eyes.
As a child I developed a keen interest in music with a number of influences. I grew up listening to a vast range of genres from 60s rock n’ roll to mainstream pop, from 70s easy listening to 80s classics, 90s grunge, 0s hiphop and everything in-between. In my teens I discovered a love for classic rock, which remains with me to this day, though I’ll listen to almost anything and my tastes vary widely.
At the age of six or seven I began messing about with the guitar, though it wasn’t until the age of nine that I began to take playing seriously. An opportunity was presented to take some drum lessons and I completed a two-year course during my final years of primary education before continuing self-taught from there. I would later pick up the guitar and learn to play it along with the piano, though the drums have remained my primary instrument.
An interest in music led to an interest in the equipment used to play it. From the age of six I began to disassemble surplus electronic devices – mainly hi-fi stereo systems – to discover how they worked. I’d eventually learn to repair, modify and even design them. To this day my downtime is often spent at a workbench bringing a broken piece of equipment back to life.
Naturally an interest in electronics led to an interest in computing and armed with my first computer in 2003 I learned the ins and outs of software and later hardware. In 2009 a good friend taught me the basics of web authoring and having authored my first website I then moved on to learn advanced application and web programming. Both interests would eventually lead to careers as a software programmer and then as a writer in the technology field.
Education and Employment
I attended a mainstream primary school, and then in my later years specialist education – where I took my GCSE qualifications a year in advance and spent a gap year studying radio production, music technology and media before completing an AS level at a mainstream college and putting my school years behind me to pursue a career as a software programmer.
One thing lead to another and despite success in the programming field I decided to instead pursue my dream of a music career. I’d been authoring a blog for some time which had enjoyed some success, offering me a sustainable income and allowing me to run a music career along side. I’d also been involved in several musical projects, producing, mixing and mastering a number of tracks and EPs for a selection of artists.