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My self-summary
Why Punchdrunk-Lover? Well, mainly because without the hyphen the name was taken already. Punch Drunk Lover is the name of my latest musical project, a solo thing involving hella synths, which itself is named after an awesome film, which is named after a Radiohead song.

I'm a freelance sound engineer with a strong geek streak. I enjoy photography. Photos of bands mainly; I've had my pictures in a couple of magazines, but I tend to be stuck behind the desk at gigs I go to these days, so don't get to do as much of that as I'd like. I play synths in the aforementioned solo project, (it's new so you won't find much on Google yet) and guitar in a post-rock band called Skyline Dossier (Google us if you fancy a listen). I'm also a trustee at a local arts centre, where I run the sound and organise the occasional festival. Aside from the sound engineering, I have a dayjob as an analyst for a water company, which mostly seems to involve writing VBA code to make spreadsheets do fancy things; it's probably not everybody's cup of tea but I really enjoy it.
What I’m doing with my life
Umm... not really sure what to put here that I've not mentioned in the bit above. Maybe I should swap them, but then I'd have to put this stuff in that box, and if this stuff was in that box it would be talking about the box above it, but there's no box above it so you'd think I was a crazy person, and we wouldn't want that now, would we?
I’m really good at
Inventing words
Making bands sound awesome
Bad puns
Quoting lyrics and/or film lines and/or Peanuts/XKCD strips relevant to the situation at hand
The first things people usually notice about me
Depends on the context... If you're anything like the little kid at the last gig I played, it will be that "He's using a Nintendo DS to make music!!!"... Seriously, that kid was gobsmacked.

If you're somebody I work with it will be that your job is easier and less boring because i've automated all of the boring bits of what you do.

If you've just met me though I'll probably have struck you as a little odd but generally endearing. I hope...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - I prefer the classics, Great Expectations, The Count of Monte Christo, Dracula and Paradise lost are some of my favourites. The Little Prince... is that a classic yet? Let's say it is. As for modern authors, Iain Banks, Stephen King, Ian McEwan and Michael Crichton are all very good. I have a bad habit of starting books and not finishing them.

Films - Mostly into '70s stuff like Assault on Precinct 13, The Duel, The Getaway... The whole 3D thing that's going on at the moment was really exciting until I found out that the glasses aren't square and made from card like they used to be. I watched Wall-E for the first time recently (Yeah, I'm behind the curve a little) and I really enjoyed it. Drop Dead Fred is the greatest film ever made.

Music - Working as a soundman, I get to see a lot of smaller bands playing live. Live music is particularly important to me, and I'd much rather see a good band play in a tiny crowded room than go to a large venue. I go to festivals when I can; usually ATP and Truck.

In terms of genres, i tend to go for mid-90s UK indie, hip-hop, and post-rock.

Food - All sorts. I especially like South Indian, Italian, and Greek food. I'm quite picky though. You won't find me tucking into anything that has its skeleton on the outside, for instance.
Six things I could never do without
My various pieces of music-making stuff.
Red wine.

Yeah that's about it... I'm pretty low maintenance I guess!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Stuff... Things... The usual i guess...
On a typical Friday night I am
Often I'll be found behind my sound-desk at the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading (stalk me to your heart's content). If I'm not there then I'll usually be at a gig, pub, club... wherever it's happening. Mostly on sound, maybe playing, sometimes ligging, and occasionally as a genuine punter.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not quite sure if "activity partners" (see below) is a euphemism. If so, I don't mean it as such; only that if you fancy having a jam session or plotting a bank heist with me then i'm probably up for it. I love a good heist.
You should message me if
...you're an interesting person who finds me (or my profile, at least) interesting.
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