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John In New Zealand

John in Auckland New Zealand

Looking Back


Born November 10th 1961 in Hartlepool, Co Durham, England. In 1963 emigrated to New Zealand and after two attempts at making a home there in 1970 returned to England.

Adjusting to life back in England was brutally hard, when I think of that time I am reminded of the scene in Oliver Twist were he is in the workhouse and wanting more :) I had gone from a climate where I had gone to school in shorts and barefoot to a much colder climate where I still had to wear shorts but it was snowing, brrrr!

I so missed the fantastic weather of Auckland, the lifestyle and all the friends I had made. Things were made worse by the fact my parents got divorced within a few years of returning to England.

In 1978 left school and joined the Royal Air Force, I guess I was looking for some order in my like. I found order but a lack of common sense, I became disillusioned and left within the year. Little did I know that a lack of common sense is not limited to the Air Force, in hindsight I guess I should have stayed, but then I may never become a musician.

In 1981 I started to teach myself guitar when my dad had left his guitar with me for safe keeping while he swanned off back to New Zealand to for a holiday, he never did get it back.

My interest grew so much so that I went on to study for a Foundation Diploma in Music, I even gained a distinction in A Level in Art. Time at college was fun,

Paul Moore and I met at college where we were both studying music. I had been writing songs for a year before I met Paul. We both used to hang around the music department as we could generally get access to a piano and it was a great place to hang out. I introduced Paul to Lee Russel another guitarist I knew from the year previous at college and we would jam songs eventually from this jamming 404 came into being and eventually lead to a recording contract with BMG Records.


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