“My first ever memory is laying next to an electric guitar that was laid on my parents bed so I could hit the strings”
I played in bands through school and did all sorts of shows and concerts back then, most of the time using my first electric guitar - a Squier Bullet.
It was around 1986 that I saw a red Fender Stratocaster hanging in the window of a local music shop. I managed to convince my dad that he should buy it and let me pay him back. It was a Japanese 1986 Standard, and was £288! – I still have it to this day, and It plays fantastic.
My first ‘pro’ band was ‘Box Clever’. We toured all over the UK. Eventually it became a mixture of fun and tension as I began to try and introduce my own songs into the set. It was my first taste of trying to ‘make it’ – we recorded with UB40’s Producer, performed for BBC Pebble Mill and even got Radio 1 airplay.
The next logical step was my own band. ‘Rare Breed’ was formed as a four piece, and then moved back to a three piece – guitar bass and drums. This was to be my prefered setup for a long time.