1. When did you start dabbling in music?
I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a
strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I
played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a
pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music
as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.
2. What training have you had?
In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music
Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much
of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.
3. When did you get into recording?
I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track
cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II
system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the
beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married
this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as
getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been
a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.
4. People you have worked with/for?
I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.
5. Why are you so good at training people?
I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I
genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a
fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little
kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and
wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that
enthusiasm is contagious!