I'm a musician and producer based in Brighton, UK. I've played synths, guitar, bass, trumpet and many other instruments on records by the likes of Laura Marling, James Holden, Bear's Den and Lucy Rose. My live session work has included playing with Timber Timbre, Broken Social Scene, Sarah Blasko, Olympia and Willy Mason. I also work as a musical director including arranging, scoring and programming with Ableton. Read more about me here.

Second solo album released today

I’m very pleased to announce my second solo album, Detritus, is out today. I’d like to thank everyone who played on it – Tom Heather, Martha Rose, James Holden, Emma Gatrill, Colin Stetson, Mathieu Charbonneau, Ben Lanz, Kate Stables, Kev Nickells, Hannah Miller, Jules Arthur and Mikey Simmonds, as well as Louisa Gladwin and James Hurst for their help recording drums and Harris Newman for mastering. Also extra special thanks to Polly Mitchell, without whom this album would probably still be unreleased, for putting her heart and soul into promoting it. You can listen to it on Spotify here, listen and buy from Bandcamp here or get it from your local record shop – assorted useful links here.

2018 roundup

43 shows with Villagers (synths and brass), 32 with Willy Mason (bass and brass), 30 with James Holden (cornet), 21 with This Is The Kit (cornet and/or guitar), 26 with Emma Gatrill (guitar and/or synths), 9 with Rachael Dadd (guitar, synths, brass), 3 with Bear’s Den + orchestra, 2 solo shows (supporting the brilliant Laurence Pike and Portico Quartet) and many others with the likes of Christof van der Ven, Alabaster de Plume, Peggy Sue, Nina Violet, Broken Social Scene, Barr Brothers, dozens of collaborations at PEOPLE festival gives me a grand total of 231 shows in 2018! Plus recording with The Staves, Lucy Rose, Bear’s Den, Rozi Plain and more.

I doubt I’ll beat that record in 2019 but already have lots of exciting stuff coming up with Christof van der Ven, Villagers and Emma Gatrill. Thanks to everyone I got to play with this year.

PEOPLE Festival in Berlin

I’m very happy to announce I’ll be performing at this year’s PEOPLE festival in Berlin. We all go and stay in the Michelberger hotel for a week, write and record together in the Funkhaus studios, make new work then perform at the end. Here’s a full list of all the incredible musicians involved:

Japan tour with Rachael Dadd, Emma Gatrill, ICHI and Rob Pemberton

I’ve had a great couple of weeks doing lots of recording and playing some great festivals with James Holden (including Rewire and BRDCST). Last night we launched Christof van der Ven‘s album into the world at a show in London.

Now I’m very excited to head to Japan this Saturday for eight shows playing guitar, electronics and brass with both Rachael Dadd and Emma Gatrill. ICHI is also doing a set and Rob Pemberton will be playing the drums:

April 17: Osaka · Osaka Club
April 20: Tokyo · VACANT
April 21: Kanazawa · Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Art Theater
April 22: Nagoya · Three Paradise
April 24: Hiroshima · Hiroshima Ushida Church
April 25: Aihime · Cosmo Theatre
April 27: Kumamoto · Hayakawa Warehouse
April 28: Fukuoka · Sumiyoshi Shrine Noh

Willy Mason UK and Irish tour

Daunting set of sold out dates for February with the great Willy Mason, playing bass and cornet:

6 Bexhill-on-Sea Albatross Club
7 Brighton Marlborough Theatre
8 Totnes Barrel House Ballroom
9 Stroud The Goods Shed
10 Bristol Cube Microplex Matinee
10 Bristol Cube Microplex
11 Cardiff Buffalo Matinee
11 Cardiff Buffalo
12 Oxford Jericho Tavern
13 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
14 Liverpool 81 Renshaw Street
15 Manchester Deaf Institute
16 Manchester Castle Hotel
17 Glasgow Glad Cafe
18 Glasgow Glad Cafe
19 Newcastle Cumberland Arms
20 Farndale The Band Room
21 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
22 London Moth Club
23 London Moth Club
24 London Moth Club

Then a few days off, including playing synth and brass with Christof van der Ven supporting Bon Iver at Hammersmith Apollo on the 26th, before heading to Ireland for eleven more in March:

Cork Coughlan’s
Cork Coughlan’s
Leap Connolly’s
4 Galway Roisin Dubh
5 Navan Lantern Bar
6 Bangor Drama Club
7 Bangor Drama Club
8 Derry Sandino’s
9 Dublin The Grand Social
10 Limerick Dolan’s
11 Dingle Nelliefred’s

Add these dates to the TITK tour in January and I will have done a total of 51 shows in 60 days! Playing with two bands per show at most of them too.

This Is The Kit and Emma Gatrill touring UK and Ireland

I’m having a fantastic January so far – two shows in Mexico playing cornet with James Holden & The Animal Spirits then three weeks around the UK and Ireland playing guitar with Emma Gatrill and cornet with This Is The Kit:

10 Jan – The Joiners, Southampton tickets
11 Jan – Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis tickets
12 Jan – St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin tickets
13 Jan – Brunel Goods Shed, Stroud tickets
14 Jan – Leaf, Liverpool tickets
16 Jan – Cyprus Avenue, Cork tickets (No EG set)
17 Jan – Whelan’s, Dublin tickets
18 Jan – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds tickets
19 Jan – O2 ABC Glasgow, Glasgow tickets (No EG set)
20 Jan – Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh tickets
21 Jan – Lancaster Library, Lancaster tickets
23 Jan – The Sage Gateshead, Hall 2, Gateshead tickets
24 Jan – The Glee Club – Birmingham, Birmingham tickets
25 Jan – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London tickets (No EG set)
26 Jan – J1, Cambridge Junction, Cambridge tickets
27 Jan – The Con Club, Lewes SOLD OUT
28 Jan – 02 Oxford Academy, Oxford tickets

James Holden & The Animal Spirits album announced

Very excited that this album has finally been announced. It was an absolute joy to join such talented musicians in the studio, including Etienne Jaumet, Liza Bec, Lascelle Gordon, Camilo Tirado, Tom Page and of course James Holden himself. The album is released on November 3rd via Border Community. I played cornet and will be joining the band for some live shows to be announced shortly.

Olympia UK tour

Really looking forward to playing bass guitar with the fantastic Australian band Olympia:

  • May 17: Omeara, London
  • May 18: The Great Escape, Komedia, Brighton 
  • May 20: The Great Escape, Patterns and Brighthelm Centre, Brighton
  • May 21: Hoxton Square Bar, London
  • May 23: The Lock Tavern, London
  • May 27: Sound City, Liverpool

Timber Timbre European tour support

I’m extremely excited to be supporting the great Timber Timbre on the following shows:

  • Sat 08 Apr 2017: Brussels Botanique
  • Sun 09 Apr 2017: Amsterdam Paradiso Noord
  • Mon 10 Apr 2017: Cologne Luxor
  • Fri 14 Apr 2017: Copenhagen Bremen Teater 
  • Sat 15 Apr 2017: Hamburg Uebel & Gefährlich 
  • Mon 17 Apr 2017: Tourcoing Le Grand Mix 
  • Tue 18 Apr 2017: London Islington Assembly Hall 
  • Wed 19 Apr 2017: Paris La Cigale


Replacement components for repairing fx pedals

I repaired a few stompboxes for a friend and thought it worth writing down and linking to some of the replacement components, to hopefully speed up other people’s repairs as it took me hours to source the correct ones!

So if you need replacement faders / slide potentiometers for an Electro Harmonix Micro Synth then you want 100k Linear (B) with 30mm of travel. Small Bear sell them here and they also sell the little white toppers. I believe these pots are also the correct size for the POG 2. I actually used these Bourns ones from Mouser as I was buying a load of components from them – they are the exact same footprint as the Alpha ones that Small Bear sell but annoyingly the shaft is slightly shorter. It looks like this:

Slightly shorter Bourns slider pots from Mouser

The first and third sliders from the left are the slightly shorter Bourns ones…

Also if you need to replace the Q switch on your Jam Pedals Delay Llama Supreme or the Gate / Osc switch on your Death by Audio Supersonic Fuzz Gun then you want a miniature SPDT ON-ON toggle switch – this one from Rapid fit perfectly for me.

Need to replace the fuse in a T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon? You need a 250V t315 mA slow blow 20mm fuse. T-Rex sell them here, I got them cheaper from Maplin here. You need a 2mm or 5/64″ hex / allen key to open those up.

The DC sockets on Voodoo Labs power supplies are prone to breaking. I replaced some on a Pedal Power 2 Plus using 2.1mm right angled 2A sockets from RS Components and they fit perfectly.

The correct DC connector for Korg MS20-m and Volcas (and I believe most Korg products, as it’s a Japanese standard) is EIAJ type 3, centre positive.

That’s all for now but I’ll update this page as and when I do more repairs and find out anything useful worth sharing.