I have promoted Britain’s biggest raves, written hit songs and owned a record label that sold millions of albums. I’ve also fallen on my arse and had to clean toilets and sweep floors to keep my dream alive.
It feels like a real-life game of Snakes and Ladders – I’ve pushed my way into shows like The X Factor and managed hit artists. I’ve travelled on Concorde, I’ve created marketing campaigns for some of the world’s best brands. I’ve run marathons and cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats. I’ve been in business with Duncan Bannatyne, and I’ve stopped being in business with Duncan Bannatyne!
But for all the many high points I’ve also experienced more temporary failure than is good for one person. There have been many, many periods in which I have made a complete hash of things when I’ve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and flopped on the final furlong. I’ve tripped on the finish line so often I’ve questioned my own sanity.
If there was a lesson to be learned I’ve lived it, studied it, absorbed it, taken it on board and then ignored it many times over – even when I think I’ve understood it I’ve had to go through it again a few times to really know what it means.
And that is a great life lesson, right there – the situation that slaps you will keep repeating until you learn the lesson.
If there’s one thing I have realised over the years it is that with every challenging life situation there is always the seed of opportunity and the hope of brilliance within it. You just have to look for it and be open, which can be difficult when the shit is hitting the fan, but if you are ever going to be successful you must embrace this skill with open arms.
I am a believer in the idea that ‘thoughts become things’. The quality of our thinking shapes our destiny. I believe in doing the right thing for the good of all. Anything else just doesn’t work.
All of this stuff adds up to one thing, ‘experience’ and you simply cannot buy that!
I look forward to working with you.
Memories from the journey so far…
Filming the ‘One Golden Nugget Show’ where I announced that James Sommerville from Coca Cola would be designing the book cover!
Dreamscape – The legendary dance music brand I owed in the 90’s.
Keynote speaker at the annual JML Conference.
Flying Concorde back in 1997
Outside BBC Radio1 in London with DJ Scott Mills. I created a digital music campaign for EDF Energy. Here I am promoting it!
Delighted to have helped build this brand over the past 10 years www.shakeaway.com
Going on 5 day juice retreat with Rachel Elnaugh (BBC Dragons’ Den) and my oldest friend Max Merlin. Highly recommended thing to do!
Backstage at X Factor. I managed some of the acts and wrote songs for others.
Before I got my shit together and considered my eating habits! Songwriting in LA with Howie D from Backstreet Boys (Right) and producer Michael Jay (middle). I’m the one on the left!
I created a student lifestyle site called Kaboosh. Which was the official site for the UK’s National Union of Students. Here interviewing Jason Derulo for a podcast we produced.
Aged 19 launching my first business which replicated cassette tapes. Within 5 years I was doing 500,000 a month!
Interviewing Warwick Davis (Star Wars/Harry Potter) for the ‘One Golden Nugget’ book.