I was born in Townsville, North Queensland. I began playing drums when I was twelve, thanks to my brother Brian, who played guitar and fronted his own band (and needed a drummer). I played drums for Brian and then joined other bands in Townsville, playing larger venues and eventually touring in North Queensland. I left home to play in Airlie Beach when I was 16; after a few months I headed to Brisbane, where I played on the pub circuit for about six months. I hitched a ride to Sydney, where I met Steve Hopes, drummer for Leon Berger. I shared a house with Steve and his family; then I was asked to join The Leon Berger Band when Steve b Egan touring with Renee Geyer. Leon’s band was resident at The Musician’s Club, in the centre of Sydney.
Thrown into the deep end, I found myself on stage with some of Australia’s best musicians. Apart from Leon, the band included Rex Goh on guitar, Phillip Scorgie on bass and Rex Bullen on keyboards. After Leon’s band, I toured with Marcia Hines; and then Sharon O’Neil. Soon afterwards, I auditioned for MIT in Los Angeles and flew to the U.S. After a month, I left LA to play drums at The World’s Fair in New Orleans.
Eventually I came home to Sydney, interested in recording and writing music. I was signed to Festival Records, with singer Chris Moy. I kept playing drums; for artists including Rick Price, Mark Hunter, Mark Williams, Richard Clapton and Ricky May; live TV: “Have A Go”, “Late Night With Jonno and Danno” and “The Midday Show” and theatre shows including “Blood Brothers”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “Chess”. I played at the Sydney Opera House, with Seals & Crofts. I built a recording studio with Rex Goh and engineer Tim Ryan; and apart from working on my own music, recorded Tim Finn and Wendy Matthews. Around this time I met Geoff Robertson and I was able to sign the Robertson Brothers to BMG. I contributed 4 tracks to their debut album “Symmetry”, produced by Barry Beckett in Nashville. It featured Dan Huff on guitar (Jewel, Keith Urban, Faith Hill). I toured Germany with the Robertson Brothers, alongside the band America. I was in the Sydney recording scene for 25 years, including sessions with Charles Fisher and Louie Shelton. I also appeared as a featured artist for Pearl drums and Paiste cymbals, having sponsored both companies.
I am still producing and playing in Sydney. I have two compilations available through CD Baby and iTunes. Most recently I have been producing for my wife Danielle, whose second CD is in progress.