Hello, and welcome to my website. Here you can download free music, e-books, my comedy podcast and the 'positive thinking and the meaning of life' podcast. You can also buy paperbacks, ebooks and music that aren't free or click on little pictures that take you to other bits of the internet which feature my words and possibly my face. It's all jolly good fun. Anyway, relax and enjoy your shoes.
My main work in recent years has been a series of novels about T14, a futuristic counter terrorist agency. The first three books - 'The Memory Man', 'Random Target' and 'Just Murder' - are available now in ebook and paperback. The fourth book in the series 'Two Serial Killers, A Wedding And A Funeral' will be published soon. I've also written several short books and a standalone novel 'The Least Resistance'.
I've been making music for 10 years and am about to release my 51st album. My musical influences range from Frank Zappa, Stockhausen, Kraftwerk and Delia Derbyshire through John Mclaughlin, Led Bib and Acoustic Ladyland to Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Rush, Apocalyptica, Black Sabbath and Pantera. Therefore I make an idiosynchratic mixture of heavy metal, jazz, industrial and ambient.
I make music with a simple setup: a PC and two laptops, electric guitar and bass, midi keyboard, LINE 6 audio interface and amp simulations, A.R.T. tube preamp, Shure microphone, ZOOM digital effects unit, Cakewalk software and the usual plethora of plugin synths and effects. As may be guessed from the above list of influences, my approach to making music is fairly eccentric. Most of my compositions are improvised and do not use any traditional chords or scales. This freeform approach makes the process much more enjoyable for me and hopefully also makes the end results more unique and interesting for the listener.
At 20 I was commissioned to write a TV script for Phil Cool - neither of us have worked in TV since. I have also written for Arts and Entertainment magazines, interviewing Eddie Izzard, Rob Newman and many others, performed stand-up comedy in London, Bristol and Cardiff, marked essays, written courses in Philosophy and Psychology, conducted a series of lectures entitled 'Practical Philosophy', sorted parcels, and sold watches in pubs. I have just published my 10th book. I also produce a lot of music, some comedy and a smattering of poetry. My future ambitions include doing the Wainright Coast to Coast walk, reading all the books I've bought and haven't had time to get around to, writing a string quartet, and curing humanity of all metaphysical delusions.