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"Solutions to our problems as a species require a change of attitude and thinking, especially amongst those in positions of power and influence. Perhaps this need will provide an opportunity for Druids and others of similar spiritual/wisdom paths to have a greater and hopefully insightful input in the future of human society."

I have been playing music most of my life, starting with the recorder at 7. I moved through several different instruments and by the time I was at University I was writing my own (not very good) songs. I started out in Rock in a band called Eclipse with Demien Castellanos who later worked with me in Children Of Dub and also later formed psychedilic band The Oscillation. Although I love Rock, along with many other genres, I was keen to move into Dance Music fairly rapidly after being blown away by Acid House in 1987.

It took me a few years to figure out how to properly make House, Trance etc. and I was strongly influenced by my involvement in the underground London club night Zero Gravity. It was in fact me who found the infamous 'Clock Shop' in 1990 when looking for a cheap or free practice venue for my band Eclipse. Our drummer Giles knew these crazy Croatian refugee popstars living in this big terraced house with an enormous workshop at the back. It wasn't quite right for us as a practice room but I thought it would be a perfect hidden away spot for my DJ friends' to develop their embryonic club night - the very first Zero Gravity (which I was at) had been quickly shut down by the police due to noise.

I brought round my friend Chris (DJ Zach) who was promoting - he loved the place and soon after DJs Cloggi and Quark (Richard & Jono) moved in on the top floor and also met soon-to-be lighting/FX guru Denny who was already living there. That chance discovery launched one of the best and most popular alternative Dance clubs in the UK, which lasted several years, even after The Clock Shop was closed down and demolished (due to phosphorus contamination). During the first year of Zero Gravity I spent a lot of time with Denny and DJ Quark especially who introduced me to a lot of new music. Quark's remixing of mine and Demian's demo Journey To The Inner Light at The Clock Shop inspired me to explore fusing Rock psychedelia, House/Trance with Dub Reggae style bass and production - so it was out of Zero Gravity that Children Of Dub was born.

I was writer, producer and performer in Children Of Dub in the UK between 1993 and 2001. You can view the video for Nemesis (the first single) here or at the bottom of this screen. Various people were involved along with me - DemienCastellanos, Katie Hecker, Chris Hunt, Saoirse Keogh, David Riley, Mick Lawlor, Lou Palmer; and we released a total of 5 albums in various countries plus a 'best of' collection at the end of it all. Most of the discography is still available to buy on-line although it is often hard to come by in shops. A more complete history of Children Of Dub is available at www.childrenofdub.com or see the Children Of Dub Facebook page for photos, songs and videos. You can also find most of our back catalogue on Spotify and iTunes.

My latest music project was Freeloader, with young Irish singer Emma Stack, together we recorded an album of electronic dance/pop, listen to some songs here.

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