What do you do for PMZ?
I?m the Music Programme Director which means I get the amazing job of setting up and managing all the music making activities that take place. I also look after our team of incredible Music Leaders that put the difference into Music Making a Difference.
Do you play any instruments?
Yes, I play guitar, bass guitar, drums I sing and I tend to terrorise any other instruments that get in my way.
What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
It’s an obvious one, but I would have to say the guitar because just like me it can be just as much pretentious, loud and in your face as it can be gentle, quiet and unassuming.
What has music done for you in your life?
Music has changed my life, without it I’d be a very different person. It has been my life’s plaster always there for me, a shoulder to cry on as much as a friend to celebrate with. I’m indebted to music, it’s given me my job, my friends, my lifetime of experiences and most importantly a meaning to who and what I am.
What’s the best bit about working at PMZ?
Being a part of something that truly makes a life changing difference is an astonishing feeling. But for me it’s also about the small things, that add up to those life changing moments. It’s an overwhelming feeling being a part of the empowerment people get from music allowing them to smile (maybe for the first time in a long time), feeling confident and full of energy to speak, sing or play an instrument, giving them a voice and an opinion and most importantly just allowing people to feel able to have fun and express themselves.
What’s the first record/CD you ever bought?
The first record I was given (by my Mum for Christmas) was Michael Jackson’s Bad and Paul Simon’s Graceland. But, just watch my credibility sink through the floor…However, the first album I BOUGHT was America’s Least Wanted By Ugly Kid Joe; I was thirteen and I bought it on tape the day it came out from what was then Plymouth’s best (independent) record store Rival Records.