I grew up in a home where music was the backdrop of our family life. Both my parents are passionate about music, singing and listening and so rather than nursery rhymes to go to sleep, I preferred the Who’s greatest hits! Living in the NW of England, I was privileged to be on the doorstep of so much great live music and I attended my first concerts while I was still in a pushchair. From Mathew St Festival to African street parties, from the ballet to Cats, I absorbed every kind of sound into my soul.
I told my mum when I was just 4, after seeing the orchestra play Swan Lake at the Liverpool Empire theatre, that I was going to be a musician. At just 5 years old I had my first drum lesson and fell in love with playing. At 8, I began piano, which was to be the start of my deep interest in music theory. At 11, I found an old guitar in the garage and learnt all the best rock rifts through YouTube.
All through my schooling this decision to be a musician never faltered. I played in the school orchestra, performed shows, sang in the choir and at 14 played my first live gig with a 4 piece band. I was hooked! Taking 2 music A levels along with Maths and French, I was perfectly prepared for taking my studies further with a degree in Music and Technology at Salford in Manchester. That’s where I discovered a calling to recording and production, alongside performing.
Meanwhile, my mum had moved out to France and set up a residential centre, where I spent my holidays and breaks. And then Covid brought my post-university musical career to a complete stop! Moving out to France to open a music studio with accommodation was the perfect solution and I’ve never looked back.
I feel so fortunate to have my own music studio, to be playing in several bands, to be writing and recording my own work and that of others and having a complete ball doing it. I love having bands out to stay and working together on their projects, co-creating their tracks and sharing my home in this beautiful part of France.