Like many people, I spent most of my teens and twenties making music in a variety of bands. The best one was the final line-up of Kasino (above), with John Clarke, Calum MacArthur and my brother, David.
Kasino played all kinds of gigs in and around Scotland (and occasionally beyond) from the late 1990s until late 2004. We did a lot of fun things: supported bands including Mansun (at Glasgow Barrowland, fulfilling a childhood ambition), Miles Hunt, Biffy Clyro, Cosmic Rough Riders and Dave Sharp from The Alarm, played the T-break stage at T in the Park and appeared on countless radio programmes and the odd TV show.
We always vowed that we’d stop when it stopped being fun, and by late 2004 it had stopped being fun.
I don’t miss playing live – I have crippling stage fright – but I do miss making music. RSI and hand surgery derailed things for a bit and I took a few years out, but I got back into music again last year with David, and we’re nearly finished a whole bunch of material that I’m pretty excited about. Given our glacial work rate, however (I’ve been working on some songs since 2007), it probably isn’t a great idea to hold your breath in giddy anticipation of an imminent release.
In the meantime, here’s a post about Girls Aloud, Fat Oasis and making music when you’re ancient.