Andy left school at the tender age of fifteen to become the drummer for
professional country band "Jackson Queen" with whom he toured the clubs
and theatres of the UK. Whilst gaining experience with this group Andy
joined forces with Britain's top country guitarist Glen Mitchell and formed
a band with him which subsequently lead to multiple tours with various
other bands as Andy developed different styles of drumming.
One distinct style of drumming to come out of his time
playing kit on tour was derived from making noises with
his mouth. Most commonly known as "beat boxing", Andy
taught himself how to incorporate his now extensive
knowledge of drum styles and rhythms into what he would
come to call "vocal percussion".
Aged twenty-two, Andy wowed a cappella sensations "The
Magnets" in an audition with his unique mouth drumming
talents and immediately secured the job. He quickly became
one of the world's most interesting, reliable and entertaining
beat boxers, not only as an integral part of the band but also
as a soloist. He helped "The Magnets" achieve international
success, record deals and support tours with the likes of Tom
Jones, Geri Halliwell and Lisa Stansfield.
When not on tour, or teaching drums and vocal percussion, Andy can be found either down the gym, eating one of his many meals or sleeping - all of which are vital to maintaining the physical shape that his job demands..!