Hello, I live in the Scottish Borders and I've spent most of my adult life involved in various creative pursuits: zines, bands, running a record label, writing and making videos & machinima. Here's some more info about My Life In Projects...COME VISIT MY NINGSPACE: SHARK BATTER DIY Indie Creators & Alt-Culture
I co-run Scottish label Shark Batter Records
along with my brother Stone Ghost Mike and some friends. Our acts are singer/violinist Kono Michi
(based in Brooklyn, NY), my band The Stark Palace
, Mike's band The Stone Ghost Collective
and our friends' band Vacuum Spasm Babies
. We released a bunch of EPs in 2008 and got quite a bit of radio play in the UK - including Radio 3, Radio 1 In Scotland and BBC 6Music.
I'm on the left in that pic. My compadriate with the tie is Cameron Jack
As well as The Stark Palace
I'm guitarist with Dawn Of The Replicants
(fronted by Paul Vickers). We've released 5-ish albums on a major and several indies since 1998, recorded 4 John Peel sessions and played festivals like Glastonbury, Reading & T In The Park in the UK + Austin, TX's SxSW festival.
I didn't do that Fall article but it was my Mum who painted the band's portraits. Heehee.
My friends and I ran the Scottish underground magazine Sun Zoom Spark
(named after a Beefheart song) in the mid '90s. This became a nationally distributed monthly in the UK. We got loads of great interviews but folded after a couple of years 'cause of rising paper prices and the difficulty of convincing advertisers to invest in a mag based so far outside of London.
Since SZS I've sporadically done my own trashy photocopied zine dumb/SULK trigg-er, largely inspired by discovering Lisa "Suckdog" Carver's Rollerderby.
VIDEO & MACHINIMA
For years I've been messing around with video - making music vids & documentaries for our bands. I've also started making Machinima, using Lionhead's TheMovies game and SecondLife.com. Hopefully MovieStorm soon, too. Find my vids on YouTube
The portrait of me with the crow up there is by Edinburgh-based artist, Mary Trodden, who also does Dawn Of The Replicants sleeve art + the cover of a recent Shark Batter Records compilation CD.