I work freelance creating audio for people.  As a sound recordist, editor, mixer and music-maker, I thrive on the multi-faceted nature of audio production, drawing on an array of experiences—from the field to the stage, studio and set. 


Music
Starting out as the bass player and backing singer for a local alternative rock band in the late 1990s, I went on to front the Hitchin-based ska-punk septet, Weightloss.  The band toured and released music DIY for almost a decade, releasing the album Our Thoughts Are Just Noise in 2007 after signing with London-based indie label, Spiky Black Cat.

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Weightloss onstage, 2009.

For most of the 2000s, I hustled as a local live sound engineer, and as a general stage and stall hand around the southern festival circuit, including Rhythms of The world, Glastonbury, Hyde Park, V-Fest and Silverstone F1.  By way of supplementing a career as a musician, I also engaged with several commercial businesses over the years, working in customer service and technical support, assisting clients in person and over the phone.

Events
By the time Weightloss disbanded in 2010, I had been collaborating with the Rogue Collective in Hitchin for a few years.  The collective brought together local visual artists, photographers and musicians who would throw regular parties at Hitchin’s Club 85 music venue.

The Rogue Collective brought in bands and artists from around the country to play theirrogue-heroes themed cosplay events.  I contributed theatrical sound design elements to support the various themed nights, such as Halloween, The Future is Broken, Rogue’s Victorian Ball, and the Rogue Masquerave. I co-produced a podcast to promote Rogue nights, incorporating sound design elements in keeping with the theme of each event while showcasing interviews and local music.

Radio & Podcasts
By 2012, I co-presented a promotional radio show ahead of each coming Rogue event with cohorts Matt Turner and Matt Sanchez, showcasing acts with guests and recorded interviews on YOR Radio a local youth-led digital radio station.  Each radio show would subsequently release as a podcast. I also produced a promotional podcast in 2013 for a weekly live comedy event at Stevenage’s Cinnabar, in association with local comedian Mr Matt Smith.

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Sound Design
I developed a passion for sound design throughout my radio and podcast days and regard it a natural evolution of my adventures in music and sound production.  After relocating in 2013, I continued to work in local live sound and the wider festival circuit for another 2 years, after which I began studying for a B.Sc. (Hons) in sound design at Staffordshire University.  In so doing, I created the opportunity to take a deep dive into this burgeoning aspect of my career as a sound person, and learned at last how to run a business properly so I could dedicate myself, full-time, to my craft.

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Slake production capture: featuring Brandon Lee Gray and Deanna Hateley.

Production Sound
In 2015 I began teaming up with student filmmakers, capturing production sound for several short films, as well as my own no-budget short horror Slake which I wrote, directed and edited after gratefully enlisting a small, passionate cast and crew.  Whilst challenging, producing Slake enlightened me to the various disciplines required in the making of a film, beyond that of just sound.  The experience deepened my respect for the art and techniques of film production, and thus video editing became another string in my bow.  Slake went on to be exhibited at GradEx 2018 where it won an award for the music and sound design.

Today
Since 2017 I’ve collaborated on a variety of projects on a freelance basis, including animation, theatre, video editing and marketing, and continue to pursue these, as well as opportunities to work with filmmakers and game designers, creating, capturing and combining sounds.