"It goes back to when I was 16. I suppose that's starting quite late. To be honest, a friend of mine across the road, you know, being kids, he had a very small drum kit, not a complete kit. And I ended up going into his garage and being enthralled by the whole thing. The fact that I'd never seen a drum kit close up is one of those things ... I'd only seen them on the television or in photographs in books. And to see a drum kit close up was something I had never seen. Strange thing. And it was an exciting instrument to look at and the sound it made instantly was gratifying and I was sold on it.His early bands include New York City Public Library, the three Brzezicki brothers "house" band, Silver Stream (with John Land), Flying Brzezicki Brothers (Mark and Steve) and Rhythm For Hire (a session duo with Tony Butler).
I ended up buying it off him, I think from my paper round money I had at the time. And I just sat and ploughed through it. Just kept playing and playing and playing. You know while people were going to discothèques in the 70s I suppose I was learning my craft. I was listening to everything. I was always into jazz fusion and all the American funk players at that time anyway. I had a few heroes I liked even before I was playing the drums, you know from the Herbie Hancock group, and stuff like that. So it was something that all came very natural to me."
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