BA Hons. Music - (1st Class).
Music Technology - (Prizewinner).
University of Nottingham
Grade 8 Drum Performance - (Distinction).
Grade 8 Guitar Performance - (Pending).
Grade 8 Music Theory - (Pending).
I got into music at 14: after 6 failed years of piano lessons as a child,
a friend asked, "did you consider playing guitar instead?" and the rest is history! I since
discovered that drums are my instrument of choice, but I ended up a jack-of-all-trades on the way,
recording, producing, and releasing various solo projects, bands, film and video game soundtracks,
and even more weirdness across all genres - and eventually, rediscovering my love for piano!
After studying drum performance for a year at BIMM London, I moved to Nottingham to study musicology more generally, scoring a 1st class degree with my dissertation on sound design in multiplayer FPS games, as well the Music Technology prize for my studio recording ambition. At the same time, I began taking on more project work, playing over 60 concerts for 20 different bands and other musical projects, as well as teaching nearly 50 private students.
As a graduate, I'm teaching even more, and working on even more projects! I'm currently mulling over a Music Masters qualification in the next few years to go alongside the drum LTCL performance certificate I'm working on! I'm working constantly on one thing or another ‒ though I've always got time and energy for one more student, one more album, or one more musical thing - send me a message on my Contact page and I'll fit you into my schedule!
Currently working with:
Highly technical prog-rock with a catchy melodic edge, led by Sam Higgins of Kyros fame.
Currently tracking for a likely 2020 album release, with followup gigs.
For fans of: Tesseract, Devin Townsend
Heavy, doomy ambient drone music, and some soundscaping. It started off horrible, but it's gotten more and more listenable as time goes on.
An anonymous vocalist for Shadow of Acolyte described Tumerous Cloak of My Beloved as "one hour of sounds from behind the fridge," which is my greatest review yet!
There are several upcoming projects under the Radio Eroticism flag - the acoustic Earth Drowning album with Hannah Egan, and a soon-to-be-announced record with a small twist!
For fans of: Sunn O))), Bohren and der Club of Gore
Technical Death metal on the harder side of hard. Currently writing and re-writing material for a follow-up to the Human Resources EP Genre: Death Metal, Progressive Metal For fans of: Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Faceless Soundcloud
Main composer and partial sound-designer for Inspiratio Studios, working on an unannounced narrative-based first-person adventure game, likely slated for 2020 release. Additional information will come out as the project nears completion!
Gratuitously hard-edged instrumental progressive metal, formed out of Zohmm alumni - but with a higher statistical density. Gigs and recorded music are aimed for Winter 2020. Genre: Progressive Metal, Industrial For fans of: Meshuggah, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Previously worked with:
Dark, foreboding pseudo-rock, not-jazz, anti-prog music.
My latest release, Music for Sleep, came out in May 2018,
and was inspired by horror films and insomnia. No live
performances are currently planned - and the next project
is already underway.
Genre: Art-rock, avant-garde
For fans of: Scott Walker, David Lynch
My second solo release, this time delving into progressive and space rock.
Most of the tracks are based on stories by other authors, including the 25-minute long title track,
The Jaunt, based on the Stephen King short of the same name.
An album of rather bog-standard progressive rock tracks was announced for 2020 release but later scrapped
due to lack of interest and free time. The project might get picked back up in future, but it is currently filed in "where are they now?"
Genre: Space rock
For fans of: Porcupine Tree, Hawkwind
Yearly community pantomime, including a mix of film score, old showtunes, and pop songs old and new.
Accompanied the singers on piano in rehearsal, then arranged and transcribed music for the rest of the band.
Lovely singer-songwriter folk by Nottingham artist Micki Woods. Wilted Flower began as a solo artist,
but after getting on board as Mick's drummer for the Grow in the Dark album recording and subsequent live dates, I then ended up as the bassist and mixing engineer on the album!
Genre: Folk, Singer-songwriter
For fans of: Daughter
A Nottingham-based game development house comprised of young people,
working on Twine text-adventure games with a bit more flash than usual!
Lush, exciting alternative rock music with a flair for the dramatic. Debut music pending release.
Genre: Alternative Rock
For fans of: David Sylvian, Deftones
Shadow Of Acolyte is a Melodic Hard Rock/Metal band from the East Midlands, UK.
The band takes influence from both the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock,
and was formed in 2008 by Aaron Gidney (guitars) and David Hitchcock (drums).
A two track demo was released shortly after to coincide with a support slot with Welsh
Progressive Rock band, MAN.
Writing for the debut full-length release began in 2009, with the Nicene Creed (325 A.D.) - used in modern-day liturgy - as the concept. The album takes the listener on a journey through the Nicene Creed with it's two instrumentals and eight lyrical tracks, fusing melodic vocals, hard rock riffs and progressive rock passages. Genre: Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock
For fans of: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest
A Nottinghamshire band who paves the way on limitations set by their own consciousness
to write better songs and produce engaging music. 'Scriptures' are an Alternative Rock
outfit comprising of musicians that have graced festivals stages, toured Europe, Future
Sound of Nottingham 2012 Finalists, and hold endorsements with Faith Guitars.
Genre: Post-rock, Alternative
For fans of: Slowdive, Porcupine Tree
Evil instrumental music at the damned crossroad of 70s Canterbury prog,
European math-metal, and a broken metronome.
Genre: Zeuhl, prog
For fans of: Egg, Stravinsky
Atonal jazz duo. A tongue-in-cheek exploration of free improvisation,
as well as the boundary between "jazz" and "other".
Genre: Jazz, atonal
For fans of: Keith Jarrett, Erik Satie
London jazz-fusion, led by the eponymous Hezron Springer. A piano-shred melting pot of jazz,
latin, metal and funk, and a storm to watch live. Bookended by
two concerts at Soho's prestigious The Spice of Life.
Genre: Jazz Fusion
For fans of: Hiromi, Keith Jarrett
Sessioned for YDEA's track "My Love" in performance,
a dirge-y pop ballad.
For fans of: Bon Iver, Joni Mitchell
French instrumental progressive metal, with a uniquely melodic style.
Formed by members of BIMM London. Later mutated into Trve Brutal Black Jazz, with bassist Etienne Pesoloff at the helm.
Genre: Djent, metal
For fans of: Gojira, Dream Theater
Engineering and drum recording for The Nihilist, an instrumental solo EP by Tom Young.
A loose concept-album with some psychedelic influences.
Genre: Prog, metal
For fans of: Architects, Porcupine Tree
A solo attempt at thrash and death metal, initially started as an
attempt to improve on guitar. The first official solo release.
Genre: Death metal, thrash metal
For fans of: Necrophagist, Cannibal Corpse
Cubist swampwaltz meets Elizabethan neon folk. Wyrd,
atmospheric prog-inspired folk with a surreal edge.
Genre: Prog, Folk
For fans of: Captain Beefheart, Comus
Upbeat 80s throwback speed-metal. Tragically short-lived,
and the surviving records are hidden in "the private collection."
Genre: Speed metal
For fans of: Enforcer, Angelwitch