Updated: Apr 19
Like most people, my interest in music started at age of 4, staring into a mirror with a paper guitar in my hands. I grew up listening to Guns and Roses, ACDC, and Motley Crue, so naturally, I wanted to take the stage one day and make music in my own band. This is my story.
At 12 years old, I bought my first guitar. A solid Yamaha Stratocaster to get me started with a nice beefy custom amp. As much as I taught myself and picked up on a few things, I wasn’t what you would call a natural. I eventually took up some lessons a few years later and began to play in bands with my newly improved skills. We were playing everything from the school battle of the bands to the odd assembly, big-league stuff ya’ know? We were getting a taste of what it was like to play on stage with a crowd. Needless to say, I was loving every minute of it.
The next part of my musical journey is what brings me to BlackMarket. I use to play in a cover band called “Spaceships and Flying Saucers”. We had fans at neighbouring schools and even took requests. We uploaded our videos to Facebook and that was our virtual stage, however, that was it for the time being... It would be the last time I played in a band until my mid-twenties.
I started working at my local leisure centre, and shortly into my time there, a colleague and friend of mine Cary said he’d spotted some videos on my Facebook of me singing and playing guitar. My first thought was “oh god no...” but Cary preceded to tell me he was in a band that needed a singer. Tongue in cheek I accepted the offer to go along and try out.
“Instantly, I was blown away by the talent in that room. From the unique synthesizer leads and heavy riffs, to the level of songwriting that was already at hand.”
Needless to say, I felt way out of my league. So much so, I turned to Cary mid-practice and embarrassingly said, “mate, I think you’ve asked the wrong guy.” But nevertheless, Danny took me aside at the end of the practice and said “so, you coming back next week right?.”
A self-titled debut album, festivals, gigs, and hundreds of practice sessions later, here we are; I’ve never looked back. I still need to remind myself that I’m a vocalist and not the guitarist I always dreamed of being, but from day one with this band, it has been more than I could have ever asked for.
Stay safe, stay well, and I'll see you guys at our next gig!