2012 PGCE in Further and Higher Music Education
Forthcoming (2017) PhD in Music
A professional musician since 1987, during which time I have co-written and/or performed on records selling over 10 million copies. I have also been lecturing in Higher Education since 2009, focusing on the area of Popular Music. I have completed my doctoral research, which is concerned with the situated realities and practice of contemporary music-makers.
1989-2003 Bass player, co-producer and co-songwriter for Ocean Colour Scene
• 5 top 5 albums
• 15 top 20 singles
• 3 million record sales
• Numerous worldwide arena tours
• Numerous television appearances, including Top of the Pops, Jools Holland, MTV
1995 – 2007 Bass player for Paul Weller
• 5 top 5 albums
• 12 top 20 singles
• Brit Award Winner
• Numerous worldwide tours
• Numerous television appearances, including Top of the Pops, Jools Holland, MTV, Brit Awards
1996-2017 Performed live and/or in the studio with numerous artists including:
Paul McCartney, The Who, Jimmy Page, Doctor John, Paolo Nutini, Amy Winehouse, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Chad Smith, Richard Ashcroft (current), The Beautiful South, Trio Valore, The Family Silver, Charlene Soraia, Tan Wei Wei and Rafael.
1996 – 2017 Film, game and advertisement syncs including Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Jeep, Barclaycard Visa 2012 Olympics, VW, Three Lions, Grand Theft Auto Five, Golden Girls, along with numerous TV spots.
Course Leader for BA Popular and Commercial Music
Forthcoming (2017) ‘The Poetics of Popular Music: discourses and representations of creative practice.’ PhD. thesis. Birmingham: University of Birmingham.
Forthcoming (2017) ‘The Poietics of Space: The role and co-performance of the spatial environment in contemporary music production’. In: Bates, E. & Bennett, S. eds. Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound. Bloomsbury Academic Publications.
Minchella, D. (2014) ‘Foreword’. In: Briggs, S & Snowball, I. Soul Driver: A Photographic Journal of a Modern Rock ‘N’ Roll Band. Countdown Books.
PRS for Music
BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology
BA (Hons) Professional Performance
BA (Hons) Commercial Songwriting
BA (Hons) Music Business and Innovation
2013. ‘Poietics of Space’. Sound and Space Anthropology Conference Queens University Belfast
2014. ‘Poietics of Space’. RMA Post-graduate Conference University of Bristol
2015. ‘Autonomy in Vain – the existential and structural contradictions of the contemporary musician’. IASPM Popular Music Futures Cardiff University
2016. ‘Autonomy in Vain – the existential and structural contradictions of the contemporary musician’. RMA/BFE Conference Bangor University.
2016. ‘Too Many Cooks? – on hierarchies of power in popular music production’. IASPM Conference Surrey University
2017. ’Too Many Cooks? – on hierarchies of power in popular music production. BFE Conference University of Sheffield
Areas of Expertise
Performance, creativity theories, and music-centred ethnography, phenomenology and philosophy.
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