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Carling don't do mellow shows, but if they did, this would probably be their flagship....
I grew up in Quinton, South Birmingham,a very poor district of Birmingham.
I attended Four Dwellings School, lots of struggles, real strife there. I hated the place. I wanted to go to a better school - this was a toilet - I wanted to go to another school because I was terrified of the reputation.
There were fights outside the school constantly. No one - and I mean no-one wanted to learn.
School was a terribly miserable existence. I remember thinking surely we should be learning here? One teacher didn't even turn up for 9 months and the teachers neither cared nor knew.
Music was a real way out for me - I took to the drums and loved my music, though initially I had to be careful about the music I listened to.
Bullies were rife, expectations were horribly low. You had to learn to fight through the day. That, in some perverse way helped me.
I remember a fateful careers advisor and an absoluely appalling Maths teacher. I was determined to show these hateful people that I was better than they expected. Incredibly a good number of my class mates did well by educating themselves after school life.
Church was a big part of my life - a whole hotscotch of folk from all walks of life - church - and drums....and work - great work ethic.
All's well that ends well, but never think of me as that lawyer bloke with a misconception - hopefully I don't fit the middle class stereo-type.
Class music (as ever from the following artists)
podsafe music network:
Truly by The Fags
Black Heart Blues - Melissa Forbes
Tender by Black Tie Destiny
I found you - Rebecca Haviland ( this is a MUST listen to)
Thanks to Darren and Ellie for Elli Myles - Forget You. Guys it's only a matter of time before you get signed and find your fame and fortune. Remember me on a record sleeve credit eh? ;-)
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