How about achievements outside of work?
People think I'm joking when I say I'm most proud of passing my driving test. I’m not a very confident person and not great under pressure, so even though it was 30 years ago, it was still one of those moments in my life I remember thinking – ‘I'm going to pass this.’ It still means a lot!
I’ve also raised a beautiful daughter who is now 14 – who makes me very proud and I think of as major achievement.
Do you have any hobbies?
My passion is music, so you could say it’s a hobby. I’ve been an electro DJ in my spare time for more than 30 years and have been lucky enough to travel all around the world.
I started DJ’ing when I was about 17. I worked all summer binding dissertations for a University and bought my first set of Technics decks and my mum couldn’t believe I was spending my money on them. But I still have that same pair, 31 years on.
I started DJ’ing a little bit in pubs in Bristol where I was from. But I got properly into it during university and it helped pay my way through my time there.
In my 20s and 30s I started to travel more and have played in clubs and festivals all over the world: Tokyo, Berlin, Australia, America, most places around Europe – I’ve even played Glastonbury.
I also made an album which involved a lot of live musicians, but it’s mostly been electronic music apart from that.
I haven’t done much recently because of COVID, but I’m off to Croatia this weekend to play. But I’m finding it slightly embarrassing – should I still be doing it at my age, really?
I have a small record label where I put out other people’s music which is fun, but it all comes down to being really, really obsessed by music from as young as I can remember.
Before I became a DJ I would make all these compilation tapes and I was completely obsessed with getting the songs in the correct order. And it's just the same thing now for me - about how the music fits together.
Nowadays, I still obsessively look for records. I spend a lot of time online and in record shops looking to add to my collection.