I’m an author, journalist and sub-editor. I live in the borough of Bromley, within earshot of the M25, about as far out of London as you can get and still officially be in London.
I was born in Inverness on the third-to-last day of 1965. I grew up in Fort William, the small town situated at the south-western end of the Great Glen, home to Ben Nevis, outdoor-clothing shops and rain.
The first 45 record I ever bought was Tiger Feet by Mud. The first album I ever bought was A New World Record by the Electric Light Orchestra. The first gig I ever went to was The Stranglers at Glasgow Apollo (rear stalls, £3.50) on February 25, 1981. And so it began…
In 1987 I graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Politics & Modern History and moved to London to study journalism. In 1988 I became a freelance contributor to the weekly music paper Sounds. After Sounds was closed down in April 1991, I began contributing to the New Musical Express. In 2001, I dug myself in at MOJO magazine and have remained there ever since, currently as Contributing Editor.
From 1988 until the present day I have interviewed a wide range of musicians. These include: AC/DC, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Kate Bush, Buzzcocks, Nick Cave, Edwyn Collins, Julian Cope, Elvis Costello, The Cult, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Echo & The Bunnymen, Foo Fighters, Hüsker Dü, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Mark Lanegan, Lydia Lunch, John Lydon, Jeff Lynne, Manic Street Preachers, Johnny Marr, Paul McCartney, Metallica, Kylie Minogue, Mogwai, Morrissey, Nirvana, Oasis, Pavement, Pixies, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, R.E.M., Keith Richards, Simple Minds, Siouxsie Sioux, Sizzla, Sonic Youth, Bruce Springsteen, Steel Pulse, The Stranglers, Pete Townshend, U2, Paul Weller, White Stripes, Wire, Neil Young.
As a writer I have contributed to many other titles, including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Scotland On Sunday, Q and Kerrang!. From 1997-98 I hosted a show on XFM, London’s alternative radio station. In 1999, I compiled an album based on my XFM show, ‘The Carve-Up’, released by Loose Music. It features rare and exclusive tracks from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mogwai, Arab Strap, Low, Mudhoney and many more. It’s available for offensively low prices on Discogs.
In 2013, my book Mudhoney: The Sound And The Fury From Seattle was published by Omnibus Press. In 2014, the US edition was published by Voyageur Press.
I am very lucky to be married to Jenny, and we are honoured to share this life together with our son Hamish.