"As a performer who likes both the aesthetic as well as practicality of musical gear I choose what I use very carefully. For the latest US tour working with singer/songwriter ILONA I am using a Korg Taktile 49 Keyboard with the TRITON engine on board. This gives me access to great sounds and facilities with the smallest footprint possible for a "gigging" keyboard. Compact size on this tour is essential, so the Strukture stand is the ideal companion, stylish (I love white !), lightweight yet sturdy and easy to carry. They may not always stand out, but they ALWAYS stand up to support musicians anywhere and everywhere..."
Tony’s musical career began when he moved from his home town of Bristol to London to become an original member of the group, IRON MAIDEN, where he took on the role of keyboard/synth player. The band was unknown at that time, and Tony wrote and rehearsed with them for a long time until eventually playing one fairly unsuccessful gig. It was at this point that he felt keyboards didn’t really work in the band and decided to leave.
After quitting Iron Maiden, Tony teamed up with Brian James (from The Damned) to form a group called Tanz Der Youth, recording one single called “I’m Sorry I’m Sorry” for Radar Records (home of Elvis Costello).
In the early 80’s, Tony formed a band as a vehicle for his singing and songwriting talents, called Radio Java. He signed to Carrerre Records and they made an album at the legendary Abbey Road studios. In the Mid 80’s Tony joined the band CUTTING CREW as keyboard player, and was part of the success of their iconic hit single “I just died in your arms tonight”.
He was responsible for creating and building the Kashmir Klub in 1997. The Kashmir was a unique venue in central London that almost single-handedly lead the singer/songwriter acoustic revolution in the UK with debut performances from Damien Rice, KT Tunstall, Imogen Heap, Lucie Silvas, Tom Baxter as well as secret sets from Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Stewart and many more.
In 2003 Tony took over running The Bedford in Balham. Under his musical stewardship the venue has grown into an award winning location. In 2004 it won Best Pub in the country, and also won the House Of Commons best small venue award for 2011. The Bedford has seen unique performances from such diverse artists as Pete Townshend, Crowded House, Kiki Dee, Willy Mason as well as being a launch pad for the careers of acts such as James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, Ed Sheeran, Jamie Woon and Jon Allen.
In 2007, Tony embarked on a unique touring concept called Acoustic Airwaves. As a newly qualified pilot he took a small single engine aircraft, putting a PA system and music equipment in the back and flying himself to 15 different airfields around the country where he set up and played informal acoustic sets to raise money and awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Tony was asked to join the faculty of the “Institute Of Contemporary Music and Performance” in North London where he has written and currently teaches “The History Of Songwriting” as part of the Higher Diploma in songwriting in 2009.
In 2011, he began working with an artist called ILONA for whom he writes and produces. She in turn works closely with him as a singer on live shows and his own recordings. Tony is currently in the process of writing, recording and producing a musical as well as songs for his next solo album.
“Tony is a total rock of strength to anyone doubting that music is their path in life – I aspire to remain as in love and involved with it as he is.” KT Tunstall