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    Home page:
    Wallingford, Oxfordshire UK
    Current Setup:
    Warwick Rockbass Vampyre 5-string
    Warwick Custom Stryker 4-String w/hipshot tuner

    Gallien-Krueger 1001RBII Head
    Gallien-Krueger 810RBX Cab

    Digitech Bass Whammy (Original from 1995)
    EHX Crying Bass Fuzz/Wah
    Boss BF-2 Flanger
    Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble
    Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive
    Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
    Sansamp Tube simulator/DI box
    Favorite Genres:
    Anything that pushes boundaries. I have everything from acid jazz to death metal in my cd collection. Just not pop music
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Coma69 (Hard Rock)
    Previously Owned Gear:
    Brief experience with Ashdown amplification
    Influences and Teachers:
    Many bass players over the years but they all fell away after:

    Justin Chancellor (Tool)

    Tool, and particularly Justin Chancellor, changed the way I thought about music when I was 16. I was turned from a simple death metal fan into a bass player who understood there were no limitations to what you could do with a bass guitar. That there was no pigeon-hole for what Justin did with his bass and that's how I wanted to play. What started as a fanboy experiment trying to replicate Justin's sound has grown into creating my own sound that is instantly recognisable. To me that is now more important than any amount of shredding ability or speed.

    Since that particular awakening I have moved away from middle-of-the-road metal to more progressive music. I wouldn't say any particular bass players have inspired me since Justin Chancellor but there are particular people and bands who embody how I now feel about performing and making music. It has become much more of a lifestyle and a passion rather than a potential money-earner and trying to sell sell sell.
    Hobbies and Interests:
    Reading, TV and Film, hiking
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