My journey into the world of rock and metal began way back in 1981 when I stumbled across Iron Maiden entirely by accident. I was hooked within seconds and by the time I attended my first live gig a year later, I knew I was in for life. The band was Budgie by the way.
Following my initiation, I caught the tail end of the NWOBHM; watched Venom and Metallica emerge as the most extreme bands there ever was or ever would be; lived my own small town version of the Hollywood hair metal dream; chuckled nervously as Glen Benton scorched an inverted cross into his head and trembled as a gang of notorious Norwegians did their best to burn their homeland to the ground. I saw the rise and fall of both grunge and nu-metal and learned to love it all, drinking in every experience.....and a fair few beers.
During the eighties and nineties, I toured and recorded with a couple of bands, not with a huge level of success but if you’re really interested, those recordings are still doing the rounds in cyberspace. I also dabbled in DJ’ing, promotion and band management – all of which I’m now revisiting with the launch of my website www.marcola.co.uk. Please take a look.
I’ve always written and have been lucky enough in recent years to contribute to www.about.com and Powerplay magazine, having some incredible experiences and meeting some of the most amazing people along the way. I am chuffed to be on board with ThisIsNotAScene and hope you enjoy what I have to offer.
I come from an era before hard rock and metal was split into three million unnecessary and irrelevant sub-genres. If I’ve learned one thing in my thirty-odd years as a fan, it’s that genres, styles and labels matter much less than how a piece of music communicates and touches the heart. There are no barriers bar the ones we build. Enjoy the ride.