Music is my main hobby. I listen to a diverse mix of genres and styles, and I'm always open to new ideas. These musical influences form the basis for my own music.
I'm a passionate songwriter and musician, but it's still just a hobby. I've never played in a professional setting – in a studio or a big venue, for example – but I wouldn't turn down such an offer if the opportunity arose. For the time being, I'm happy to jam out with my friends in the basement, perform local gigs and publish my stuff on the Internet.
I used to write poems and short stories as a child, so I guess I've always had a creative streak in me. For my 16th birthday my parents got me an electric guitar, and I've been hooked on contemporary music ever since. My tastes have evolved over the years, but my passion for music is unchanged.
My taste in music isn't limited to any one genre, and as a result my musical influences are wide and varied. From the great pioneers of blues, the masters of jazz and the experimental prog rock bands of the 1970s to the rock legends and modern indie artists of today, these are the styles that inspire me and inform my own compositions. Here is a list of my favourite artists.
The Stone Roses
The Rolling Stones
Fountains of Wayne
The Beach Boys
Ben Folds Five