DESCRIBE your job as a musician.
I am a keyboard and saxophone player [I am currently improving my saxophone skills], vocalist and the musical director for the tribute show company I work for. I work all over the world in theatre shows. On a normal day my working hours are from 4pm till about 10.30pm.
Why did you choose to play the keyboard?
I didn't really choose to play keyboard, the keyboard chose me.
What type of music do you play?
I prefer to play jazz because I grew up listening to jazz and because of the complexity of the genre. As far as my work is concerned, we do mainly pop/rock covers.
When did you first learn to play the keyboard?
I started playing the keyboard when I was about five years old. I studied music performance at the Campus of Performing Arts from 2009 to 2010.
As a musician you generally work when the rest of the world is at play. Is it hard to be out of sync or have you got used to it?
It is hard to be out of sync at times, as I really enjoy socialising with other people. But I know that it must be done as it is my job, and I do enjoy it.
You have been in the Michael Jackson stage show HIStory Does Repeat where you sing back-up. Would you like to sing more or are you happier playing the keyboard than singing?
I would definitely like to sing more frequently, and the company has given me more vocal opportunities in the shows following Michael Jackson.
For example, in the Eagles show [where I played Timothy B Schmit, the bass guitarist for the Eagles], the Elvis tribute show [the first show of which I am the musical director], the Abba tribute show and the Hannah Montana tributeshow.
Tell me about being in the Michael Jackson show. What does a typical day look like?
We usually travel between two and 10 hours a day. Once we get to the venue the whole band assists with off-loading and setting up the venue. Once it is all set up we do a sound check and then wait around for showtime, which is usually at about 8pm.
After the show the whole band helps to break down the stage and load the vehicles.
If you were not a musician, what would you be?
I was always very interested in theatre, so I would be an actor. I was torn between music and drama before I started studying.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I always wanted to be a child psychologist because I enjoy listening to people and helping them.
What advice would you give to someone keen to be a musician?
The cliche of "practice makes perfect" is essential. Don't wait for a big break, work for it!
What part does talent play in making music your career? Or is it all about hard work?
Talent does play a big part but creating opportunities for yourself is just as big.
What is your favourite song and musician?
I don't have a favourite song but I really love Bob James [a jazz pianist] and Beyoncé [Knowles] as a vocalist. They are both blessed with amazing talent and work equally as hard. I like their styles.
What musician, living or dead, would you most like to perform with?
I would love to perform with Beyoncé. I love her voice and admire her as a musician.
Do you compose your own music?
Yes, I do. I compose some jazz and pop music. These are my two favourite genres.
What is the best part about being a musician?
Being able to express myself and my emotions in music daily. Everyone loves music. It is something everyone relates to. To be able to create it is an absolute pleasure and a blessing.