I am a musician and writer from Melbourne, Australia, though I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. These days, I spend most of my time playing guitar, producing records, and writing longform pieces of music journalism. Technically I'm a music producer, which means I work with other musicians to commit their vision authentically to tape. But really, I try to be the difference between a song that a listener will enjoy for a while and a piece of art they'll cherish for the rest of their life. Being a part of that process means the world to me, because I know from experience how much a great song can mean to someone who truly cares.
But I don't just spend time behind the boards. I also compose my own music, being a self-taught producer and engineer of a variety of electronic genres, including hip-hop, house, dubstep, and IDM, primarily working with Logic Pro X and Ableton Live 9. My productions have appeared on EPs, singles, demo tapes, and in DJ sets, and have been blogged about on such websites as Hearing Gold. I also have experience with scoring for visual media, having been honoured to contribute the soundtrack to an episode by the online documentary production company Vive Cool City, a groundbreaking film studio with over 10 million online video views and a successful TV program on Australia's national network SBS2. My latest solo project is a 31 minute electronic EP, released under a pseudonym for free download from Bandcamp.
I completed 15 years of private instrumental tuition prior to Berklee, studying both guitar and drums across a range of styles. I'm also currently teaching myself piano, which is something new that I find myself really enjoying. Using my instruments of choice and my knowledge of software recording techniques, I have written, performed, and recorded dozens of original releases both solo and in collaboration with others, and have performed and DJed my music for live audiences in venues that include the famous Esplanade Hotel in Melbourne. In these capacities I regard improvisation as my greatest strength, though I can also read and write sheet music, and have spent years formally studying classical compositions such as Andrés Segovia's Asturias.
My other main creative outlet is as a lifelong writer of non-fiction, prose, and poetry. I thrive on finding ways to intertwine my dual loves of music and literature, primarily through composing original poems and lyrics for vocalists. In 2015, I founded the blog Innocuist because I perceived a lack of truly immersive music criticism online. Today, that platform is steadily gaining attention by publishing articles which focus on covering all forms of music with a depth of emotion and insight not commonly seen in today's click-driven world. I am very proud of the writing I publish for Innocuist, as it is a way to directly communicate the love I have for music to others. It is also tremendously humbling to receive support from readers that continuously reaffirms my belief in the power of writing that comes from a place of genuine passion.
When I'm not making music or writing about it, I find a great deal of enjoyment in experimenting with photography, taking shots and exploring unconventional and minimalistic compositions with both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. I captured every image you see on this website, though the shots on this page are casual snaps from my travels - head over to the gallery for my photographic portfolio. My visual interests also extend into the graphic arts, where my creative direction has led the development of the artwork for many of the records I have produced, from initial concepts through to typography, vector illustration, and publication.
In my downtime, my hobbies include collecting guitars, effects pedals, and sneakers; health, fitness, and practicing yoga as often as possible; mindfulness and Vedic meditation; international travel; and an ongoing project to read every entry in my own list of the 100 most essential works in the literary canon, from Don Quixote to The Divine Comedy, On the Road, War & Peace, and In Search of Lost Time. I also love eating spicy food, quoting The Big Lebowski, and spoiling my pet dog Milo.
Though I am currently committed to making the most of all the incredible opportunities at Berklee, I truly enjoy meeting and working with people of all creative creeds. Due to the diversity of my interests, I believe I have the potential to be of great assistance in the production of almost any artistic work with which I am involved. Above all else, I take pride in the fact that I can always be counted upon to give a project my all. At the end of the day, I believe that the right combination of passion, inspiration, dedication, and open-mindedness is at the core of all great art. My favourite thing to accomplish is making sure that a piece lives up to its full potential by really connecting with someone on the other side of its creation; I aim to bridge the final 10% between what is great and what is truly incredible, truly moving.
Thanks for stopping by! If you'd like to know more, or if you just want to get in touch for a chat, please don't hesitate to say hello.