An Australian living in London, I'm a songwriter, producer and musician. Starting with classical guitar as a kid to performing in garage punk bands as a teenager, I progressed to playing in various bands internationally as songwriter and lead guitarist/keyboard. During this time I released tracks with the various bands and worked with producers like Martin Terefe (Martha Wainwright, Ron Sexsmith etc) and Gordon Rafael (The Strokes, Damon Albarn, Ian Astbury etc), with Martin asking me to write and perform for (Diana Ross' daughter) Leona Naess' album.
I'm currently working on my solo project in a variety of styles, ranging from the 'Tyre Kicker' EP's widescreen alternate musical excursions encompassing an eclectic mix of hairy psych rock, bubble-grunge, fractured swamp blues, sharp post-punk, all with cascading vocal harmonies, skronky guitars, lush strings and riotous harmonica!
In parallel with this my EP 're:read' channels contemporary-classical instrumental adventures, whilst the recently released 're:read EP is an eclectic meeting of 'contemporary classical, jazz, folk, blues, alternative, and beyond'. Recent highlights include the following:
-column:inches' track 'ungreen' was played on BBC 6 Music on Tom Robinson's show where he presented a mixtape of his personal selection of tracks from 'BBC Introducing'. Tom Robinson described column:inches as 'like a one-man Penguin Cafe Orchestra'!
-The column:inches track 'redux' (from the 'reread' EP) was selected by the 'Signal Committee' for their final 'Eclectic Picks' playlist for 2020!
-The column:inches track 'comma' (from 'reread' EP) was selected by independent music blog 'Fresh on the Net' to feature in their 'Fresh Favs' January 2021. 'Fresh on the Net' wrote: "The instrumental ‘comma’ presents some expert guitar playing, including some very seductive slide-guitar, and is taken from column:inches‘ latest EP, ‘reread’. The video accompanying this track is another beauty, apparently created from some 30,000 images by Tokyo-based videographer / photographer Christopher Rudquist. Column:inches is an unnamed Australian songwriter, producer and musician living in London, and this track is available to buy now on Bandcamp and the artist’s MusicGlue page."
-The column:inches video for 'comma' https://youtu.be/Sr1GC8Fwc80 was officially selected for New York Lift-Off Film Festival 2021! With music by column:inches, the accompanying superb and distinctive video was directed by the super-talented Tokyo-based videographer/ photographer Christopher Rudquist.
-The column:inches video for 'exhibit A' https://youtu.be/7vZjdqIg8KE was officially selected for New York, Tokyo and Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival 2022! With music by column:inches, the accompanying superb and distinctive video was again directed by the talented Tokyo-based videographer/ photographer Christopher Rudquist.
In addition to my column:inches solo project I offer music production services - with many years of experience in audio recording, songwriting, arranging, engineering, instrument tracking, vocal track production, mixing, and mastering, I understand a songwriter's musical vision and my forte is helping you to achieve your goals and creating a full production from your 'bare bones' song. In particular, if you're a solo artist/ vocalist and want a band or production - I'm your producer! I also offer sonic branding and orchestration for film/ TV/ digital media.
Training with Steve Albini has shaped my skill-set and outlook and my production skills and style are informed by his vision. Whilst I am well versed in many different musical genres my strength is in styles such as alternative rock, indie rock, psych rock, prog-rock, post-punk, and also folk, blues, jazz, country, ambient, and classical music.
As a musician / experienced multi-instrumentalist, I’m comfortable tracking guitars, keys, bass, synths, drums, percussion, strings, horn sections etc
Originally trained as a classical guitarist, I specialise in playing a variety of guitar styles including rock (alternative or classic), folk, psych, slide, finger-picking etc on acoustic and electric guitar (as well as electric or acoustic bass guitar) at a highly professional level. I played in bands for many years so understand the creative and professional context. Contact me to discuss your project and how I can best help you. Rates on request.