September 6, 2014
What are your musical Influences?
I can‘t play any other instruments, and I am less influenced by genres or bands, and more by other bass players.
When I started playing bass the guy that I looked up to most was Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)- the mix of precussive tones and melodic lines was fascinating for me as a young player, and showed me what was possible with the instrument. I love the sound and feel of Rex Brown with Pantera, the way he anchors Dimebags playing is brilliant, and his tone has got a raw, aggressive bite to it that I’ve tried to incorporate in to my sound. Rob Trujillo is also a standout to me- watching that guy on stage was a huge inspiration to me, and if you listen through the things he did before Metallica you discover that he’s actually an insane player! Finally Pontus Egberg (The Poodles, Tainted Nation)- I was filling in for him with Tainted Nation and had to learn all of his lines, and it taught me so much about solid, hard rock bass playing.
How did you start playing?
I played clarinet from a very young age, but stopped at about 13 to start skateboarding. One day, when I was about 15, I picked up a friends sisters bass- 2 minutes and I was hooked! Simple as that- I knew it was the instrument for me
How did you join Fury?
I was playing a gig in Birmingham with a band I used to play with, and Fury were on the bill. After the gig I was having a smoke out the back, when Jay & Joel came and asked me if I would be interested joining. Five years later and im still here!
What is your best Fury moment so far?
Bloodstock 2013- I was huge buzz to play at such a fantastic festival for the first time, and I couldn’t have asked for a warmer reception. However this gets joint honours with getting the first copy of our album ‘The Lightning Dream’. I felt so proud of what we’d created, and I kept listening to it in my car for weeks afterwards! So much hard work went in to it and the kind words people have said about it since its release have meant so much to us all.
What do you like to do with your spare time?
Ummm… Music! I really don’t have any other interests outside of playing bass… At the moment I’m working with a friend on an album he’s written- it’s really let me stretch and explore my playing and he’s got some great musicians involved. Im also still filling in for Tainted Nation, so again, I get to work with fantastic musicians and have fun on the road with them.
What is the future for Fury?
We are very confident in our abilities- we write great songs that are designed for the world’s biggest stages, and that’s where I feel we belong. We’ve got a tight unit at the moment, and the guts and passion to take any chance were given and make the most of it. Above all though- were having fun! I love playing with Fury, making friends on the road and spreading our music across the whole world. The day that stops I think we’ll call it a day- and were nowhere near that now.