Music has always been – and will forever be – a huge part of my life.
the time I was born in 1969 in Australia, music was always around me.
Dad, and Mum especially, liked listening to their favourite hits from
the ‘50s and ‘60s. As a boy, this was the music I knew and mostly
enjoyed. This was my introduction to artists like Buddy Holly, The
Beatles, Johnny O’Keefe, The Supremes, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, The
my parents didn’t just live in the past. When the radio wasn’t
broadcasting the football or cricket, it was on commercial radio and I
always enjoyed listening to the current popular music of the ‘70s as a
boy, especially looking out the car window with the radio playing the
Aside from always singing around the house, Mum also sang on
The Rolf Harris Show.
My twin uncles played in pop bands during the late-60s and early-70s
with some success; one of them being flown from Australia to London to
record some solo singles, written for him by Neil Sedaka. I remember
watching them play as a little kid, loving the loud sound of the
instruments and vocals.
I also loved singing
and spent some primary school years in the school choir. But I grew
tired of hymns, instead turning to a new religion in 1979. I was
gripped by a rock phenomenon that stunned many other kids at the time:
Kiss. Their November 1980 tour in Australia shattered concert records
and received an enormous amount of media and public attention. Although
deemed too young to attend their show, a permanent rock’n’roll scar was
left on me.
I entered high school in the early ‘80s, I was playing a lot of
football and always listened to uplifting songs to get me pumped before
games. My mates and I were still predominantly listening to chart
music, with favourites including INXS, Split Enz, and Billy Joel.
Seeing David Bowie live in November 1983 as my first concert gave me
more of a taste and I started exploring his back catalogue.
my early teen years I took hold of the radio dial and started listening
to the stations run by universities. This triggered my appetite for
music as I was discovering alternative bands like The Cramps, Violent
Femmes, The Cult, The Birthday Party, Alien Sex Fiend, The Stooges, and
local heroes The Scientists. I used to like introducing my friends to
these bands I was digging.
varied listening then introduced me to all sorts of punk music and I
really enjoyed early English giants The Clash, The Damned, Generation X
and the Sex Pistols. While I loved the melodies of these bands’ songs,
my testosterone levels pushed me to choose the bands with more snarl.
Dead Kennedys were one such favourite that continued to expose me to
different styles. Lots of American hardcore punk bands then occupied my
turntable, like Channel 3, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Fear. So much
so that in 1986 a friend and I were spending some late nights at a
university radio station, playing hardcore and other punk music for
listeners. This was my first taste of DJing.
continued to enjoy exploring punk music, listening to the more English
punk bands like Subhumans, The Exploited, Angelic Upstarts, The
Partisans, and the Clay Records trio: English Dogs, Discharge, and
G.B.H. It was these latter three I liked the most, and when I sang in
my first band called Barbary Corsairs
in 1987, I belted-out some versions of our favourite songs from these
bands. Coupled with punked Rose Tattoo, Devo and Sixto Rodriguez covers
amongst our set of originals, we found ourselves frequently opening for
local act Cremator.
were the first speed metal band in hometown Perth, Western Australia,
and they were influenced by the likes of Slayer, Possessed, Dark Angel
and Metallica. I found myself getting into this heavier music more and
more. Slayer’s Reign In Blood and Metallica’s Master of Puppets
wore thin on my turntable as well as discs from bands like Whiplash,
Exodus, Anthrax, Onslaught, Death Angel and Death. I loved listening to
these bands but after a while found myself preferring a slower pace
with a heavier groove. Enter Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Trouble and
some Led Zeppelin.
As 1988 came around, The Cult’s
Electric was all over the night scene and Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction
was just breaking ground in Australia. It was not only the hard rock
sound that grabbed me but the image style these bands had. My personal
discovery of these bands and a re-discovery of Kiss had me exploring
more hard rock and collecting many bootleg videos.
was soon digging up vinyl on more of these hard rock bands. I remember
buying import records of Skid Row, Faster Pussycat, Dangerous Toys and
Poison, as their debut albums came out, and turning many friends on to
them. It was at this time I met the lady-that-became-my-wife through a
mutual friend from the punk days. We clicked instantly and it was Sara
that then introduced me to Aerosmith and Mötley Crüe – my favourite
band of all time.
the hard rock charts changed flavour in the nineties from hair metal to
grunge, I continued to listen to keep across what was hot. While liking
songs by Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Kyuss, Nirvana and Stone Temple
Pilots, I generally preferred to spend time exploring more of the back
catalogues of the artists that I liked most. At this point in my life,
I knew what music I liked best.
I stopped collecting Kiss memorabilia and focused more attention on my favourite band Mötley Crüe. My first tattoos were inked in the nineties, drawing upon many rock'n'roll inspirations and influences for my own designs.
got involved with Internet publishing in a professional capacity and
produced my own website on Motley Crue for fun. The pages of my
acclaimed rock website Chronological Crue have now been viewed more
than 5 million times since 1997. Chronological Crue is considered THE
definitive source of fact on the world’s most notorious rock band and
its members – Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil & Mick Mars – and
is used by TV networks, music industry journalists and critics as an
soon led to a variety of other Mötley-related music projects: I was
honoured to write the liner notes inside Mötley's double live album,
before contributing to the band's autobiography The Dirt that spent record-breaking time on the New York Times Bestseller List. I produced an award-winning Mötley tribute CD and have also now authored five books on the finest purveyors of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.
However, I didn’t just want to write about rock – I wanted to create and perform it as well. So I fronted my own hard rock band SkinInc.
and as the nineties turned into the new millennium we had quickly
earned minor success with national radio airplay, video airtime on Rage and Channel V, a track on an AC/DC tribute album
distributed globally, as well as a spot on Australia's famous Big Day
Out festival. The next step was to relocate to Australia’s rock capital
Melbourne as we reviewed a proposed record deal. I made the move – the
found myself in many of Melbourne’s cool bars and clubs thinking ‘why
the hell can’t they play some good music in this place instead of all
this doof-doof and dance-beats giving me a headache.’ Instead of
putting another band together, I decided to entertain those who love
rock by DJing instead.
November 2003, I began DJing at Back In The Day on its opening night
and quickly became 'the sound' of the club. As the resident DJ, I spent
two solid years playing all the hard rock hits of the 70s and 80s for
the punters, who lapped it up.
to broaden my available playlist to incorporate today’s music and other
classics from years gone by, I began my residency at Cherry bar in
AC/DC Lane in 2005, where I enjoyed driving the rock’n’roll party
atmosphere on a Saturday night until mid-2010 and got to spin all the
wonderful bands that have contributed to the soundtrack of my life.
rekindled my passion for photography.
In recent years I have focused on improving my rock'n'roll photography
portfolio while completing freelance assignments as a live music
photographer, as well as enjoying
creating graveyard and cemetery imagery.
to write about rock, I landed a worldwide publishing deal for my next book titled
Sex Tips from Rock Stars, which
was published in 2010. This gave me the
opportunity to spend many, many hours yakking with platinum-selling and
Grammy Award-winning rock stars and asking them all sorts of wonderfully
strange questions. In 2011, the book was published in German in hardcover,
and then in Portuguese for the South American market in 2012.
I lived in New York City for three years, where I shot my photography book Before I Hit The Stage during 2013. I've always loved the
arts and entertainment as a creative outlet for my energy. I guess this
little showcase website is another example of me producing something
creative to hopefully entertain you in some way, plus giving you the
opportunity to get to know me a little better, wherever you may be on
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