I began singing in 1985 when I defiantly joined the “all boys” choir at the local church in Essex.I continued to hone my skills as a vocalist throughout my 20’s and 30’s in various bands such as ‘Cosmic Wibble’, ‘The Present’, ‘Lila’ and now with my partner Gavin, in ‘LILA J’. Having picked up a guitar for the first time at the age of 25, I have been working on my own material ever since. ‘LILA J is the culmination of these years and my quirky, creative nature is reflected in our songs.
As far back as I can remember, I loved listening to music, so much so, I learned to play various instruments around the age of 15. I played with the infamous punk band ‘Foreheads in a Fishtank’ in my twenties, recording 3 albums and 2 Peel sessions. Since then, after re-discovering the importance of playing for fun, it has been a pleasure to find myself doing exactly that in ‘LILA J’. For the first time in years I enjoy writing songs and playing them live, I have my old friend Lisa to thank for that. I’ve decided to devote the rest of my life to pursuing the perfect riff.
It’s a ” stick thing” From a young age I would find sticks, chopsticks, utensils etc and just have to tap out a rhythm on anything with anything. Always feet and hands on the go with whatever music is playing, used to drive folk mad, now it’s just my neighbors. I guess it was inevitable that one day I would put it to good use. It’s like dancing and riding a bicycle at once, often time every limb is banging out a different beat in synchronicity. In 2014 I branched out from recording at home into the majic of live performance and have had the great pleasure of accompanying some favorite musicians in the Shire. Many a happy hour and years spent , in several collaborations, a soft rock covers Band, a full Brass section Ska Band and hosting open mic. My happy place beats are Trip Hop, Bossa Nova and Ska. After hijacking their set with my sticks at a garden party, I know find myself in the envious position of being part of something special with Lila J as this great Duo expand into a full Group with a top selection of home brewed tunes and funky as attitude to playing and creating for fun. The best of beats to you. Ten
As a small child in 1980s Brixton, I remember sitting on the old Victorian floorboards, intrigued by the vibrations from the earthquake serious heavy roots dub bass thundering up from the illegal drinking den / all night Jamaican Blues parties that would be held in the flat below once in a while. Armed with the cheapest P-bass copy in the shop, I then paid my dues in teenage Indie and stoner Jam outfits before finding a low-end niche in the Extreme Metal scene, playing in Lust For Demise, Caput Mortuum, Wizards Sleeve and NO LOGO. Fed up with playing to the other bands girlfriends and the barstaff, I was happy to be asked to add my bottom-end to an outfit with much wider appeal.
“Get thru it”-Treasure
“Wishing Well”- Duple
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