I was a young boy with an interest in playing a musical instrument, never knowing that 6+ years down the line I would be pursuing it as a career and a way of life.
I was pretty intent on playing the trumpet but my Mum suggested that I try the saxophone and from the moment I did, I was in love. Sadly, Mum passed away very suddenly in 2009 and I struggled every single day. My only comfort in playing the sax was that it was for her .. but at the same time, knowing she could no longer hear it made it almost unbearable to play.
With the support of my family, I pushed on and passed my Grade 8 exam before the age of 16. I was beginning to love my attachment to my, what had now become, three saxophones (Tenor, Alto and Soprano) and regularly practiced up to 5 hours a day.
I started busking at the age of 15, mostly for experience and received very positive feedback. Within no time, I was being asked to attend functions, weddings and corporate events, culminating in me organising my own charity event in July 2014 and getting my first taste of professional playing (and the nerves that came with it).
In 2015, I made a massive leap and left schooling to pursue playing the saxophone as a full time career. Some people have hinted that I must be crazy but I feel a huge, burning desire to push my abilities as far as they can go and the feedback I have had has been quite humbling.
I have a massive passion for what I do. I'm only 18 years old and have a lot to learn about the music industry but I love it and push myself every day to be as good as I can be.
Most of all, I hope I can make Mum and my family proud. I wouldn't be here without them.