What made you want to be in a band and learn to play guitar? I grew up watching Karl, and then Steve, learning and playing guitar and thought I’d give it a go. Steve taught me the first song that I could play: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I found it easy to do so learned some more. Joining a band was a kind of obvious next step. So I joined Xebra. Which artist inspires your music the most? Hard to say really I like loads of different styles. Probably someone like Matt Belamy; he’s freakishly good at everything musical and if I could play guitar and write songs half as good as him, I’d be a very happy musician. If you could be in any other band in the world, who would it be and why? I’d love to go play with some of the American EMO bands, someone like Dashboard Confessional. I love his song writing both lyrics and music. If you could make anyone else in the world join Xebra, who would it be and why? It wouldn’t be a guitarist because I’d be sacked! I’d maybe choose someone like Plan B as it would be interesting to have a rapper on board for the odd tune. What is your favourite album ever? That’s a hard one. There are loads, but I guess the one that stays on my iPod the longest is 'A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar' by Dashboard Confessional. What current instrument(s) are you gigging? I’m currently using an Ibanez EDR 170 EX and an Epiphone SG G310. If you were in the X factor, which judge would you like to mentor you and why? Probably Gary Barlow; you can’t deny his song writing talents and he’d be great to duet with in the final. Do you have any hobbies away from music? Quite like playing footy and also love a bit of running, it’s good for clearing your head. What are you most scared of in the world? Heights, can’t stand them, though I am getting better and have done some climbing and abseiling in the past year or so. What is the best gig you have ever been to see? Probably just about Green Day at Old Trafford cricket club, they were amazing. Closely pushed by REM and U2 though. What is the best gig you remember playing? Probably the first time we played ‘The Cavern’ in Liverpool, was really full, the stage was pretty huge compared to what we were used to and the room was packed. Loved every minute. What would your biography title be? There and back again… a Xebra’s tail.

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