I am the youngest member of the band at 23 years of age. I have been playing the keyboard since I was 11 years old and over the years I have performed in many different bands of varied styles in venues large and small.
Having studied music at a BTEC level at Blackburn College and as a BA Honours degree at UCLan Preston, this enabled me to experience music academically and professionally. It is at university where I met Lee Wharton and eventually joined After Hours. The addition of my keyboards changed the sound and style of the band, allowing us to experiment with this new found sound.
Petros Maroudas a professional drummer who travelled the world for 15 years backing the worlds best artists.
It all started in his youth playing Jazz fusion with his friends in Greece, leading to session drumming and then world tours.
We are so pleased he is now playing drums with After Hours.
I have always loved music, from being a very small boy. The radio and charts in the early seventies where a mixture of all genres of musical styles, I seemed to love it all. The first musician I remember focusing on, was Elvis. Later in the seventies when punk emerged I was hooked. I got my first guitar at thirteen but I didn’t really start to play until I had just turned sixteen, this is when my Father’s friend started giving me a few lessons and he showed me how to tune a guitar properly, I had been tuning the guitar wrong up until then. Right at this time, May 1984, my Father brought home a Jimi Hendrix album called ”Loose Ends”. I was instantly hooked again, like I had been with punk. I totally got into playing guitar and I had found a great source of music inspiration in Jimi Hendrix.
I like all types of music from classical to punk, and I’m currently doing a degree in experimental music at Uclan. I really have a thing for jazz and blues, or anything that the African slaves developed in the USA, Gospel, Soul and Funk I’d put into that category too. I like music to have a good groove to the rhythm. The guitarists I admire are many, but I like bluesy guitar with an influx of jazziness to proceedings. I suppose that’s how I would describe my guitar style.
I formed the band in the 1990’s. We played the songs I had written and blues covers. And things are pretty much the same way today.
Bass guitar has been a major part of my life since I was 14 years old, when the manager of the the 5 Cresta’s took my Futurama guitar and swopped it for a Watkins 4 string bass with a Watkins Dominator bass amp.
I was gigging on bass, at the Winter Gardens Blackpool within a week.
Since then I have played Progressive Rock 70’s, Pop & Rock covers 90’s and now Blues Rock.
I like music that has feel and this band has plenty of opportunity to explore this.
This latest line up sounds great, with the added keyboards, taking our music to another dimension.
It’s a great pleasure to be playing a mixture of Classic Blues, Rock covers & original tracks with Petros, Lee and Martyn.