Musical influences and inspiration

Most of the time while at home, I love to listen to recordings of the sea! I find the sound of the sea calming. When I am not listening to the sound of nature, my favourite way to listen to music, is through my collection of vinyl records, which I play on a nice turntable which was made in 1976. I also still listen to music on cassette, using a tape player which is a year older, and made in the same year I was born, 1975.

Sometimes I find it difficult to chose something to listen to, because some music can have a very significant emotional impact on me. I love a whole range of genres, including roots reggae (particularly dub reggae, which I also enjoying making), Jazz (I’ve been getting into late 1960s and 1970s Jazz recently such as Alice Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders), and Latin American music. The music from perhaps my formative years, the 1990s, I still listen to a lot. Probably my all time favourite act from that era, is Portishead (Beth Gibbons is also one of my favourite singers). I also enjoy Massive Attack, Tricky, Leftfield, The Orb, Morcheeba, Everything But The Girl, Ozric Tentacles, Chemical Brothers and loads more.

I grew up with the pub rock scene, with covers bands playing mostly late 50s, 60s and 70s songs. I love Surf music, and I love the blues, including the 1960s blues rival artists. I am found of the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac, there’s such beautiful feeling in the music. I do also love the Stevie Nicks era, Rumours of course, is a classic album, actually, I even like some tunes from Tango In The Night.

My favourite singer is Elizabeth Fraser from Cocteau Twins. Their music, and her voice is gorgeous. So full of emotion.

Another artist I love to listen to is Curtis Mayfield. He was such a gifted, beautiful artist and the string arrangements on the early albums take his music to another level.

There is so much music out there that I deeply love. When I play though, I tend to improvise and just let whatever I feel, come out!