Gary always knew he wanted to be a singer/frontman from a very early age after seeing the video of Adam Ant’s Prince charming on top of the pops. He got his mother to make him a military style jacket with gold sequences glued on, painted a white line across his face and went to school to entertain who ever would be willing to watch him in the playground. Music was always played in Gary’s household from motown to rock and at the age of 13 he got his first guitar and joined a band that practised in his mates garage. Even though they sounded terrible it lit a spark in Gary and because they were yet to find a singer Gary jumped at the chance when he was asked. Putting down his guitar he started to study rock icons like Freddie Mercury, Jon bon Jovi, David Lee Roth and Bruce Dickinson.
That’s the thing with Gary he loved to be entertained by the cool, flamboyant, over the top frontmen/singer’s, a trait he puts into each and every show he has ever done and will ever do.Gary says “What’s the point in seeing a band that just stand there and look like they can’t be bothered, the fans might as well just keep their money and play the c.d.”
Gary cut his live teeth in the rough music venues in the northeast of England, sometimes playing to a bunch of people who were only in the club for the bingo but this was character building, it taught Gary how to get people to notice him and get them on his side, even if it didn’t happen never once would he let his performance dip below 100%.
Eventually Gary moved to London after a brief stint in a touring band playing throughout Europe to get real about his passion, he played in a number of bands but it was hard to find one that had the passion to match his own. Then one night at a gig in Gravesend’s Red lion, Highdrant (the band Gary was the front man for) were supporting Slam Cartel, after watching Slam Gary said “I was a little bit pissed off if I was being honest, I thought that’s the band I want to be in, they had the songs, the performance, they absolutely blew me away, but they already had a singer and a good one at that”
A year passed and eventually Gary got the call he had been waiting for but it came totally out of the blue. Gary was getting ready to release a single with his band, it looked like they were starting to get somewhere but this was an opportunity that he just could not turn down, it’s his dream job and still is.