After being mesmerized by Adam and the ants’ ‘Kings of the wild frontier’, Alex began playing drums age 10 (without a drum kit, but with bags of enthusiasm and a good supply of Tupperware tubs and wooden spoons). After winning best solo in the school music day for a number of years, a kit was found and lessons taken from tutors including Roy Huggett, Bernie Fox, Phil Solomon and John Hammond.
Alex joined his first semi-professional band Jinx (a leather and studs heavy rock outfit) aged 15. Other bands and groups then preceded university; most notably the sheer number of gigs with Ah Wilderness, an original band with friends from college.
Whilst studying engineering, Alex joined the university’s very own Big Band and played to the tunes of Stan Kenton, Count Basie and Jimmy Lally – eventually becoming the band’s manager and overseeing the busiest period of bookings, coupled with the largest venues, the band had ever known.
Alex graduated with a Masters degree in Engineering & Management in 1996 and became a music teacher. On top of the high number of teaching hours (and the regular production of qualified Grade and Award students) Alex began to learn piano with Terry Flynn, tabla with Surjit Singh and also found time to provide the occasional voice-over for local radio.
Still in demand as a drummer, Alex joined Slide (a full-on Britpop trio), depped for function bands, played for sessions, theatre and television projects and eventually found regular gigs around the UK and Europe with Sultans of Swing and The Cream of Clapton (two top-notch tribute acts).
After only a relatively short time learning tabla (but with a lifelong interest in Indian food) Alex co-wrote Tabla – East to West with colleague Harjit Singh, which was published in 2003 and earned many positive reviews. Promotions for master-classes with Carl Palmer and Dame Evelyn Glennie were also very successful.
Following a chance opportunity at a local writers’ group, Alex moved into acting and appeared in numerous student, independent and corporate video productions, TV series and also feature films starring household names. He also provided voice-overs for Cisco Systems, Living PlanIT, YouthNet and various independent projects (including his own library of exercises for drum kit).
Alex is currently going through his ‘Indiana Jones with a video camera’ stage, traveling the world and producing documentaries – see Travelblog for more.
He also makes very impressive curries.