was born in South Africa. I really hated living there during the
started working at the SABC, the National radio station at 19,
and then joined Tully McCully's Spaced Out Sound Studios. He taught
me a whole lot!!
started making records when Tully let me use studio downtime,
after we'd finished recording voice overs for law cassettes and
radio spots for Pep Stores. The first album I produced was "At
the Corner" for Robin Auld. I do not own a copy!
worked with many of the top local artists, including Juluka, David
Kramer, Winston Mankunku, Basil "Mannenburg" Coetzee,
The Sweatband and many others, including producing two records
for my own
heavy rock band, The Council, and picked up some local awards
for engineering and the "Caveman" nickname along the
way. It's David Kramer's fault!
After a few years of making local records, I left the politically
troubled landscape of South Africa, and headed for Sydney, Australia.
I was following a woman. That's one of life's curveballs - women!
Life as a freelance producer in Sydney wasn't always easy, and
to support the family, I mixed live sound for a local band,
then produced local albums from a small 16 track studio in Newcastle
for peanuts, before things began to click in Sydney, and after
working on demos with a new band called The Baby Animals, I became
the engineer on their debut album , working with uber-producer
Mike Chapman in New York. The album went multi-platinum, and was
#1 in Australia for weeks on end, after which my common-law wife
left me for a hippy guru, so I moved to New York City with my
2 year old son to work with Chapman on records by Billy Squier,
Material Issue and others. After bashing away at doors, and borrowing
money to mail out showreels and tapes, I secured a gig in Canada
engineering the Rush album, "Counterparts", for mega
producer Peter Collins, and then later on the Bon Jovi "Greatest
Hits" singles and the Divinyls' contribution to the Melrose
this stage, after the U.S. refused me entry and with just enough
Rush cash to move, I'd had enough struggling and moved back to
the land Down Under - where Silverchair surfaced on the rock landscape,
and the Caveman produced debut proved to be internationally succesful
- leading legendary A&R man John Kalodner to sign me up to
produce U.S. supergroups Journey and Aerosmith - then I produced
San Diego punkers Rocket From The Crypt, The Black Crowes, Dream
Theater and a few album for Iron Maiden amongst others, a personal highlight being
mixing a huge Led Zeppelin DVD and live CD set "How The West
Was Won", the Page/Plant Unledded show, remixing all the Metallica hits in surround sound as well as producing
the song which Tina Arena sang at the lighting of the Olympic Flame at the Opening
Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Band: Led Zeppelin
music: The Jazz of Miles Davis
Work: Mixing Hard Rock (Dream Theater, Led Zep) and producing
album Rock (Black Crowes and Healing Sixes).
tipple: French Bordeaux