Oh, it's a long and boring story
When I was a teenager, I wanted to be in a metal band and my dream was to get a gig at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom. Not having the money for a Mesa Dual Rectifier was what got me into amp building.
Around the turn of the century, I sold my collection of metal albums and guitars with prongs, and started listening to jazz, drum'n'bass, and playing bass guitar instead. That was when I started getting gigs: there's no shortage of guitarists.
I ended up in a local band that played bland pop music with a touch of folk. We agreed to sell out from the start and be as middle-of-the-road as possible. We were quite popular and gigged a lot, but never got famous. Since I could hardly ever be bothered to lug a bass rig, I ended up playing whatever was there, while the guitarist played one of my homebuilt amps for me. We would swap instruments for a couple of numbers, so I could get a shot.
We often played on bills with 3 or 4 other bands, and I would encourage them to try my amps too. It was always interesting to stand in the audience listening to them, and get feedback from other people. Once my old Toaster amp got into a face-off with a Plexi half-stack, and got a little mauled.
I played guitar in a couple of heavier side projects, but those never really worked out.
Around that time I also built my own project studio and started dabbling in electronic music and production. This was great fun, and I learnt a lot, but it was never really successful. Of course when writing resumes, I claim to have collaborated with Eric Persing on the Omnisphere softsynth, and opened for The Orb, both of which are technically kind of true.
The best of my work (that I have the rights to release: I don't own the band stuff) is available for free here. scopeblog » Steve’s Music MP3 only, we are working on the FLAC version.
I left the band due to "creative differences". The late night gigs and free beer weren't exactly helping with my day job, either.
I'm currently looking for a gig as a guitarist.