The Shepherd

 “A love for a music and an urge to share.”

jamesThe first single I ever bought was The Thompson Twins, Hold Me Now.  It was released in the Summer of 1983, and probably the most important year of my life.  With an addiction to compilation vinyl’s back in the 80’s, I was introduced to Roxy Music, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Depeche Mode and The Cure. I soon took compilations into my own hands and created mix tapes completed with my very own précised manual fade-in and fade-out for each track.

The need to share good music was part of the process, whether they wanted it or not. Having discovered The Smiths and New Order in the very early 90s, the world of British music engulfed me and at the same time, I fell head first into Brit-Pop. From the Happy Mondays to the less popular New Fast Automatic Daffodils, from Blur to Oasis, from Belle and Sebastian to the Jesus & Mary Chain, I was simply all over NME, Melody Maker and Select.

Like feeding an addiction, I cemented Britpop into my music mainline and then embraced Trip-Hop, Swedish Alternative Pop, through to Grunge, a bit of classical a touch of electronica and even a bit of well-considered house music.  It became apparent that it was less about genre but more about my love for just good music. After a few years playing bass guitar in a band, I decided that the guitar would become ornamental and focused on sharing my love for music by hosting regular indie dance clubs around Adelaide. These were great times at a time when music was less accessible and people discovered new sounds in the old fashion way.

My London calling was in 1996 and 1998 to get a taste for live music at a grand scale as I witnessed night after night of impeccable live music.  London became home in 1999 and for 11 glorious years I was fortunate to have been part of a few hundred live shows that included Coldplay in a local Camden Town pub, to the mesmerizing Sigur Ros at Alexandra Palace. One of the most memorable and touching experiences was seeing Florence (& The Machine) play her first major gig at Shepherd’s Empire.  The honesty, the love of her craft and the love and respect of the audience re-confirmed the power live music can have, that connection between band and audience.

Melbourne is home and my passion for music continues to grow and I still have the urge to share, with a little help from my friends (The Lambs).