PMZ Vice Chair of Trustees
Creative Technologist, Controlled Frenzy. Director at Digital Plymouth
What do you do for PMZ?
I previously volunteered with PMZ’s Digital Orchestra to help extend their work with visuals, data and accessible interfaces. I’ve been inspired by that amazing group for disabled musicians over the past 2 years and have grown to absolutely love the work of Plymouth Music Zone.
Now I’ve become a Trustee and have started to support the digital strategy across the whole of PMZ to ensure they can extend their immense expertise further afield, including internationally. I particularly love the blend of digital and humanity that happens at PMZ. Others have much to learn from how they operate.
Do you play any instruments?
While never really able to crack playing something beyond Guitar Hero, a lifetime ago I used to sing and perform as part of several amateur dramatics groups. I realise that revealing this will doom me to getting on the microphone at the Digital Orchestra!
What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
It’s obviously got to be something flashy, interesting and most definitely digital. Maybe a Yamaha Tenori-on?
What has music done for you in your life?
I’ll always credit that time spent singing with teaching me how to be confident in front of an audience and how to make my voice heard. It’s amazing what performing did for my self confidence.
What’s the best bit about working at PMZ?
The team is a huge, supportive family who make a real and valuable impact. Walking into the space, you just feel the love and appreciation for the work that happens here.
What’s the first record/CD you ever bought?
I must have been 7 or 8, so forgive the lack of taste, but it was ‘The Simpsons Sing the Blues’, bought with an HMV Christmas voucher. I probably know all the words to ‘Do The Bartman’ by heart!