2020 – Now
Dazzle Rebel: Alt-Rock, Post-Grunge, Songsmith. This is where I am right now. Enjoying being back in the game! I’m happy writing music and making the occasional live appearance.
2011 – 2016
Rock DJ: Performing as Dazzle Rebel. I spent some time on the radio with my own rock show. I was also Creative Director of Home Grown Rock, as a not-for-profit organisation that showcased grassroots bands in London, Nottingham and Manchester. This allowed bands such as Massive Wagons to get their first London show that wasn’t a pay-to-play affair.
2010 – 2011
New Generation Superstars: Trash Rock/Punk. Bass & backing vocals. I had a great time with NGS with highlights including playing Rock & Blues Festival, touring Finland with Vanity Ink and meeting the amazing fans.
2005 – 2007
Red Star Rebels: Glam Rock/Classic Rock. Bass & backing vocals. Was it bad luck, bad timing or bad decisions or maybe a combination of all three? Whatever it was we never fulfilled our potential and for that I am a little bit gutted. However there were many good times, the tours with Brides of Destruction, LA Guns and Gilby Clarke were brilliant but I think we were at our best when we toured with Crystal Pistol. We were blood hounds from hell on that tour and played like we were gonna take over the world.
Brides of Destruction: Trash Rock. Bass Guitar. I got a call one day while I was working around the building site that was Wembley Stadium. “Dazzle, you’ve gotta get your arse home, we’ve got a tour booked, we’re main support… …oh and you’ll be playing bass for the headline band too… …and you’ve got 24 hours to learn the set!” Right. So I sped off home and bought a Brides of Destruction album, the only one I could find in such a short space of time “Here Come the Brides”. Trouble was they were supposed to be touring the second album! I enjoyed my 5 or 6 days as a member of BoD, the guys were great and I had loads of fun on that tour.
2001 – 2005
Surefire: Indie Rock/Classic Rock. Bass Guitar. Surefire, the future of Rock’n’Roll, another hardworking band. Some of the songs we wrote in those times were musically some of the best work I’ve been part of. Intricate melodic finger style bass one minute then trying to emulate The Ox the next. I’ve not played with a band as tight as Surefire. We kicked ass everywhere we went.
1999 – 2001
Vibrafly: Alternative Rock. Guitar & Vocals. Vibrafly was an on/off but mostly off band. The highlight was probably supporting Brian Poole and the Tremeloes with Shelly and Karen Poole from Alicia’s Attic and Ally McErlaine, the guitarist from the band Texas watching on. Sunny days and starry eyes.
1998 – 1999
Delirium: Alternative Rock. Guitar & Vocals. Delirium always drew a crowd, mostly because we were still at school and they were all our mates! Playing Queensway Hall Dunstable before it was demolished to be replaced by an ASDA was probably the high point.
1997 – 2000
Northfields Swing Band: Jazz, Swing, Big Band. Guitar. Yes I was in the school band! But it wasn’t like a normal school band of screeching violins, this was a jazz band and everyone was at a good standard. We even did a tour each year to a different country. We went to Italy (twice), Holland and Spain while I was in the band.
1997 – 1998
Manifest: Alternative Rock/Grunge. Guitar & Vocals. Manifest only ever played a few gigs and two of them were at school! We did get to play one gig in London (at some dodgy pub) but that was it.
Solitary Confinement: New Wave Punk/Grunge. Guitar & Vocals. My first band. Heavily influence by Green Day but sounded awful (though we were still only learning our instruments) but we did play in the school assembly once!