I was born in Devon and educated at The University of Kent at Canterbury, graduating with a BA (Hons) and an MA in Film Studies. Upon graduation, I moved into a cramped room in south-east London and spent too much money in record shops and cinema theatres.
I contribute an erratic column and even more erratic reviews to Muso’s Guide and Room Thirteen. I’m currently working on a television series screenplay, a novel and various other articles. I used to write music blah for Times Online.
My All-Time Top “whatever” Recording Artists are (in no particular order): Rory Gallagher, Madonna, Iron Maiden, Albert King, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Journey, Taylor Swift [yeah], Slayer, AC/DC, Tori Amos, Steely Dan, Grace Jones, Elvis Presley, The Cure, Megadeth, Hugo Largo and Kate Bush – although I reserve the right to revise this list daily and usually do.
I like classical and orchestral film music too, and although I think that Phillip Glass, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emmanuel Nunes, Michael Nyman, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and Jan Hammer are good, they just can’t hold a candle to James Horner’s euphoric soundtrack to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s genre-defying movie ‘Commando’.
My favourite film is ‘Back to the Future’. The best film ever made is ‘Touch of Evil’. Please note the distinction: one is my favourite film ever, and one is the best film ever. The two are different. Yes, they are.
Currently I live in the city of London; a place where the beer is warm, where the girls are cold, and where the fondue is tepid.
I’m a little bit obsessed with Madonna. Sssh.
You can view my hugely out-of-date CV by clicking on this link (requires Adobe PDF Reader).