24 June 2013

Chapter 6 – The snotty male model

 The video shoot turned out to be quite a giggle, though not necessarily for Jud. On day one, the first scene we shot was me driving Jed’s beautiful white convertible BMW down Melrose avenue. I think we had only been filming for 10 minutes when I reversed around a corner, scraping Juds beautiful paintwork along the curb. Jud was understandably...
13 December 2012

Chapter 5 – The photoshoot

So we needed to show record companies the ‘whole package.’  So our next step was a photo-shoot with photographer Denise Duff. Then we’d go on to make a music video. We shot on various locations including a disused railway, grungy underground car park and the beach. The outfits were controversial,  ranging from a demure white cotton dress ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ ensemble...
21 August 2012

Chapter 4 – Male Model and LA waifs

We’d nearly finished our recordings, so on my next trip to LA I stayed for a few weeks as Jud had arranged for us to film a music video. So to get me looking ‘the part’ Jud said I needed to ‘trim up.’ I was slim before I started, so after three weeks of NO carbs and a gym session...
18 July 2012

Chapter 3 – Kate Bush V Christine Aguilera

So Jud and I wrote and recorded 6 songs which were very strong and very commercial. The way Jud encouraged me to sing was also very different from my natural style. I was classically trained by opera singer Elaine Mary Hall, and I couldn’t help but sing ‘properly.’ Before I went to LA I had started to develop my own...
29 June 2012

Chapter 2 – Hollywood and weird milk

So the journey began during my last year at university. I was studying music at LIPA, the Paul McCartney institute of performing arts. I was close to graduating but I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to to do. My life had revolved around music ever since I was a kid. I was always singing, performing and writing...
01 June 2012

Chapter 1 – The beginning

Dear reader, Hello, and welcome aboard. This blog – How not to be a rock star is the story of how I came to leave my rat-infested student house, and sign with a major record label. It’s a humorous and humbling tale – from awkward showcases in New York, video shoots in the bath to songwriting with the big leagues in LA....