I am a producer, writer, mixer and programmer based in Sydney, Australia.
After learning to play the keyboard when I was eight years old, I started my love affair with music. In 1990 I programmed the critically acclaimed International Gold Series of sound cards for a large range of synthesizers, including Korg M & T series, Roland D-Series, Kawai and Ensoniq VFX which were used by artists as diverse as Vangelis, Paul Hardcastle, Talk Talk and the Pet Shop Boys.
Then I was in setting up and producing content for the UK’s most respected sample CD organisation AMG. I went on to co-produce, record and edit sample CDs with Norman Cook, Coldcut, Pascal Gabriel, drum sample CDs with Steve White (Paul Weller), Neil Conti (Prefab Sprout/David Bowie), Miles Bould (Sting/Robert Palmer), Dave Ruffy (Ruts/Sinead O’Connor), Danny Cummings (Dire Straits/George Michael), Phil Gould (Level 42), Keith Le Blanc (Sugarhill Gang / Trevor Horn), Talvin Singh and Dinesh Pandit and personal sample library products with Vince Clarke and JJ Jeczalik from Art Of Noise, amongst many others.
It was here I learned to love the art of production and writing. I was also commissioned to create four sample CDs for AMG. Those sounds can be heard on albums like Mirwais (Madonna), The Crystal Method, Craig Armstrong, Eurythmics, Rodney Jerkins (Brandy album), Yello, the Matrix Soundtrack, Garbage’s international smash album “Version 2.0” and from Gary Numan to the Batman Forever soundtrack.
At that time, I was doing a great deal of sessions playing keyboard, writing, producing and programming. I have worked creatively with Emulator, Akai, Roland, Apple, Technics and Casio to help develop, record and program sounds and demos for new products. I’ve also been involved in writing and programming for Propellorhead’s “Reason” music software (both on Mac &PC) and have composed demonstration songs for Apple’s Logic music production software, of which I am an avid user. I have also demonstrated several music software products extensively at various shows and exhibitions across the world and have given several music technology and composition seminars.
For several years, I was the in-house sound designer, programmer and composer for dubbing and audio post production studio DubMaster Recordings. I was involved in composition and sound design forTomorrow’s World (BBC), Equinoxe (CH4), Sony HDTV Worldwide Launch, Vauxhall, Apple, Oracle, Nuclear Electrics (Uden Associates), Rank , Price Waterhouse and many more. I have also composed critically acclaimed music for PC & Playstation games including XS, Duke Nukem: The Manhattan Project and Carmageddon.
In 1996, I became one of the founding partners of UK record label PuSH recordings. Here, I produced and wrote under many artists including Terminalhead, who signed to the VP of Sony’s Dance Division Lynn Cosgrave and subsequently to DJ Hyper’s imprint Kilowatt (Sanctuary) with an album released in April 2003. All our singles enjoyed big support across the board from Steve Lamaq, Annie Nightingale, John Peel, Mary-Ann Hobbs (Radio One) and Hybrid through to Seb Fontaine and Howie B, from Fatboy Slim through to Ali B.
One of our singles enjoyed rotation on the BBC1 television advert for Radio One. Terminalhead was rarely out of the dance charts with our remixes (Britney Spears/Madonna, Geri Halliwell, Nsync, Mansun, Lightning Seeds, The Ruts, Kirsty MacColl, BT and Iron Maiden amongst many others). Terminalhead was also a three piece live act that have played at many events including several Megadogs (WOMAD and Lizard Festival), Essential Festivals, Glastonbury (3 times), Lowlands (Holland), Pukkelpop (Belgium) and countless UK venues. For three years I was resident at John Digweed’s Bedrock club at Heaven, London and held a DJ residency at London’s Turnmills club.
For three years I worked with Mark “Spike” Stent at the MixSuite, Olympic Studios. Our projects included tracks for Britney Spears (with Madonna), Janet Jackson (I also remixed “Rhythm Nation” for her notorious Superbowl performance), Aqualung, Elan Atias (former Wailers front man, produced by Tony Kanal from No Doubt), Dave Matthews (Stand Up album), Bassment Jaxx, Craig David (programming and production on “The Story Goes”), Juliet (“Random Order” album), Darren Hayes (from Savage Garden), Vanessa Carlton (singles from “Harmonium” album), forthcoming Radiohead tracks, Marilyn Manson (“Personal Jesus”), Gwen Stefani (“Love Angel Music Baby” album and singles), Black Eyed Peas (“Let’s Get It Started”, “Don’t Phunk With My Heart”), Fischerspooner (“Odyssey” album), Shaggy, Enrique Iglesias, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp (“Supernature” album), Natasha Bedingfield (“These Words”, “Single”), Jentina and Elbow.
I also have a music project called Hex Orchestra and tracks from the album Human Experiments (a collaboration between Mark Altekruse, Pete Marett and myself) include guests like Echo Strings, Australia’s Jeff Lang, Dominic Miller, Oroh Angiama and Vernon Reid from Living Colour.
In 2007 I relocated to Sydney, Australia and have a permanent studio at Level 7 Studios, owned by Daniel Jones (Savage Garden). Since moving, I have produced Bertie Blackman’s seminal Secrets & Lies album (which won an ARIA for Best Independent Release in 2009) and Short Stack’s second near platinum album This Is Bat Country (including double platinum selling single Planets).
I have been writing and producing tracks with various Australian artists including Zowie, Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc), Amandah Wilkinson (Operator Please), CatCall, Jessica Mauboy, Emma Hewitt, Dash & Will as well as a fascinating project with indigenous Australian artist Tjupurru containing contributions from five Grammy Award winning musicians (including Don Grusin, Charlie Bisharat, Jeff Coffin and Bobby Singh). I am constantly songwriting with a plethora of local and international songwriters.
I am now the music mentor for the Qantas Spirit Of Young Australia Awards (SOYA 365) and I am on the judging panel for the Australian Music Prize in 2012.
I am published by Albert Music and managed by Jim McKinnon from Teamtrick in Melbourne.