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.
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 eBay.
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.