First musical Memories. “Being lulled to sleep by Ray Conniff Orchestra records that my father had piped into the bedroom Russell and I shared when we were very young. Our parents both played piano and my Father also played the violin, they used to accompany each other, and occasionally have friends round of an evening after we had gone to bed, so we would go to sleep to their music and laughter. I became aware of more contemporary musical styles listening to the music programmes of the day … Ready Steady Go, The Six Five Special and Top Of The Pops, which all featured acts such as The Dave Clark Five, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Who. All on black and white TV of course, and I would play a long as best I could with my mother’s saucepans and wooden spoons, as a makeshift drum kit! I think it was Dave Clark more than anyone who made me want to play drums, even though I was having piano lessons. I was soon given a basic drum kit, my parents did ask if I wanted to have drum lessons, but I declined as I was having piano lessons at the time, but in hindsight I should have taken up the drum lesson offer.”

Early influencies and current influencies. “All the drummers in the aforementioned bands were big early influences, but as time went by, that list has been vastly expanded by many players, almost too many to mention, as I have a very eclectic musical taste, so it will include drummers from a wide variety of musical styles. If I had to mention some, it would include Keith Moon, John Bonham, Ian Paice, Bill Ward, Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl and Taylor Hawkins, but this does a disservice to all the others not mentioned.”

Start in music and first bands. “As above, I started to learn piano at 5 or 6 years old, and pretty much taught myself drums, but I did actually take drum lessons in my early to mid 20’s. My first real band was at secondary school, a trio of guitar, bass and drums.”

Before 3Sixty. “A succession of local bands, some with Russell, and I also played for Crywolf with Nick Singleton and Mark Grimmet. In 1984 I was lucky enough to be asked to join Grim Reaper, I did two albums and two north American tours in 1985 and 1987, which were just the most amazing experiences.”

Joining 3Sixty. “Russell and I met up with Mark and Nick at their request, we had known them both for years as part of the local music scene, and they asked if we would be interested in joining their new venture. They already had some songs they’d worked on and these were very promising, so it was a ‘go’ from there, and we’ve not looked back.”

Favourite 3Sixty song. “I really love playing these songs, and it is very difficult to choose just one, but I do particularly like playing ‘Mine All Mine’.”