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What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a musician. I mainly perform bass guitar in function bands and several original projects. I also teach bass guitar (get in touch!). Occasionally I get asked to do some graphic design work and create websites too, which I'm progressing at more and more as time goes by. Alongside this I work part time in a small online business selling cupcake toppers. In my spare time I play at jam nights, check out new bands and take photos (slowly getting better at this one). I do all this because music in all forms gives me the most joy and gets me out of bed every morning. Literally.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I was a Kitchen Porter most summers in the later years of secondary school . Washing up in busy pubs & restaurants require blood, sweat and tears and when you're young, wages are ridiculously low.
Were you born and raised in Bristol? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Bristol?
I was born in Birmingham, and grew up in a tiny village called Alderton near Cheltenham. I came to Bristol after University for city living, the inspiring music scene and other creative/freelance opportunities.
What’s your current hood in Bristol and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I currently live in Horfield. It's a nice residential area, fairly clean and extremely close to Gloucester Road - The creative hub of bristol. The worst thing is rent prices, but i think it's worth it.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to everything and my tastes change regularly, but lately there's been a lot of neo-soul, mathrock, Hip Hop, Metal & modern Jazz playing on my Spotify. I'll just list some artists: Hiatus Kaiyote, Erykah Badu, Aesop Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Giraffes? Giraffes!, The Physics House Band, Tera Melos, Killswitch Engage, lamb of God, Gojira, STUFF., Comet Is Coming, Vulfpeck, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Thundercat, Tinariwen. I tend to listen to a lot of folk and reggae too. I hate boring chart music that's purely made for a quick buck, though innovation is starting to enter the charts again at the moment.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Walking On A Dream by Empire Of The Sun, Daffodils by Charlene Soraia, Maggot Brain by Funkadelic and anything by Bob Dylan. The playlist will finish with Slipknot's 'Vol 3: Subliminal Verses' album to get me pumped up.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
The Wire: It's a complex story with fascinating characters. The Sopranos: It's an early example of making you root for the bad guy, at the same time as hating him & deals with controversial subjects. Utopia: The show's use of colour, cinematography, sound design & soundtrack are incredible. The Walking Dead: Originally a comic book, it takes the zombie genre in a completely different direction. Some others I'd recommend: The OA, Better Call Saul (Breaking Bad Spinoff), Boardwalk Empire, Black Mirror, The Thick Of It
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Who’s your hero and where in Bristol would you take them out for a serious hang?
I would love to take Jackie Chan for a walk by the Harbour, stuff our faces at Za Za Bazaar and then finish at the Leftbank to check out a band.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I buy anything colourful from any shop I walk past.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Cycling around all the cycle routes. There's tons of scenic & hidden cycle routes that you just don't see from the main roads and high streets. I drive a lot, so I've only heard about them from my partner and friends.
Where do you go in Bristol for a casual night out?
We always go on a pub crawl down Gloucester Road, starting at The Sportsman for a game of pool and ending at The Full Moon for a dance.
Where would you go in Bristol to celebrate some freaking good news?
The Canteen. Great food, great drinks and great music every night of the week. It has an amazing atmosphere being in the heart of Stokes Croft, the creative hub of Bristol.
What’s your choice of transportation in Bristol and why?
Car - I often drive out of the city for work or social-related events, so I only use a car out of necessity. But wherever I go, music is on full blast, which you can't do with any other mode of transport.
What are the Bristol spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Clifton Suspension Bridge, The Canteen, The Harbour.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Bristol. How do you spend it?
I'll start by walking down Gloucester Road, perusing the charity shops and independent stores, followed by a burrito from the Bearritos Bus in the Bear Pit. I'll check out what's on at the Arnolfini Art Gallery and walk around the Harbour before stuffing my face at Za Za Bazaar's all you can eat buffet restaurant. I'll finish with a film at the Watershed and finding some live music in Stokes Croft.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
So far it's Stockholm. It's made up of 14 tiny islands and over 50 bridges. The architecture is incredible and has a vibrant culture. But I'm still exploring so this may change...