1. How did you get your initial start in music?
I must have been about 14. I really got into Bowie after listening to Hunky Dory. It was at that point I went out and brought myself a cheap guitar and got hooked from that point onwards.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
To experience Glastonbury as a performer on the pyramid stage. As opposed to watching in the crowed.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
I started writing seriously when I joined my first band – House Of Frauds. I was 21 so it must have been 1991. It was a four piece band. I was the vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Really great times. I am still in contact with all the band members and we make a point of meeting up in London every Christmas for a curry.
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
This is one of those questions that changes every day. Saying that I couldn’t possibly narrow the margin down to three influences. Over the years I have been inspired by Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Brian Wilson, Frank Zappa, Carol King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doors, The who, ACDC, Nirvana, Marvin Gay, Metallica, Herbie Hancock and even Barry Manilow. Why? Because these artist are all at the top of their game. They are true musicians. I really could go on and on with that question and I mean I have had conversation that have lasted all night long on that subject.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
There is an environmental theme that draws on the subjects of wildlife protection, aquatic preservation, and environmental issues facing organizations such as Greenpeace the Wildlife Trust, Animals Asia and Sea Shepherd. “Fragile Earth” is essentially a classic rock album. One of the tracks “Honey Bee” is basically a story about a little honey bee that has a conversation with this guy in order to educate him about the plight of bees. Very much a lazy Sunday afternoon song. At the other end of the scale “Sea Shepherd” is a track which puts you firmly where it intends, high on the deck of a steel hulled cutter ship forcing its way through an angry ocean on a mission to intercept a murderous whaling ship. The guitar is heavy the drums are hard it could be compared to the mood set by Ride of the Valkyries and the Airborne Calvary scene of “Appocolypse Now”. Every track tells a story some are sad and some happy and some funny. But all of them need our attention.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
I am based in Dagenham in Essex. If you like dubstep, Your in the right place. If you want to see a decent rock band, then the closest your going to get would be like traveling to Nottingham’s rock city from China via Newzeland. There is no alternative scene in Dagenham at all. In fact there is no alternative scene in the whole of Essex. Next question.
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Ahhh!!!! LOL!!!! Please this is starting to get really depressing. If you want entertainment in Dagenham then the best you are going to get is my next door neighbour singing world war two songs in her back garden.
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
You need go no further than my website – www.valiohm.com