I started off as a drummer in the band Jocasta and went on to establish a successful session career working with artists including Ray Davies of The Kinks, Baby Bird and The Selector, Datarock, The Royal organ duo, and continue my role as Musical Director for The Cuban Brothers.
More recently, I produced tracks for Datarock, Ebony Bones and Karin Park’s latest albums. I achieved success with my own project The Geezers of Nazareth for which I co-wrote and co-produced, signing a major publishing and record deal to much acclaim. I composed and produced the score for The Other Half, starring Danny Dyer and Vinnie Jones, which won the Portuguese Audience Award. I have worked extensively on a variety of prestigious projects, including a successful nine month stint working out of the Wendyhouse Studio in West London. We recently completed worldwide campaigns for Mercedes, Citroen, Channel 5, Nike, KitKat. Now I have a studio in Soho and market ourselves as a sound solution. Toolshed Music.
Toolshed Music, the new go-to boutique sound house in the heart of London’s West End where creative magic meets tech wizardry. Founded by super-innovative writer/producers Adrian Meehan and Mike Blackwell in 2012, Toolshed Music is a fully equipped creative music composition and sound design studio working in film/TV, advertising, art, music, new media and other projects across various genres.
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
- Always keep up your primary skill
- Always be a good vibe (people don’t want to work with moody people)
- Stay inspired no matter how cynical you feel
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
Having a whole 3 months tour cancelled the week before.
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
I don’t have a choice at 40 I have to diversify. That’s why I’ve gone into sound recording as it has to be recorded and produced. It can’t be downloaded.
4. What did you learn?
To keep keeping on