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Clive's Story

In the beginning ...
Clive Alive was raised in Gloucestershire. At the tender age of 11 he found an acoustic guitar on top of the wardrobe and that's when it all started - the music, that is! Two years later, at the still tender age of 13, his dad bought him his first electric guitar and the band 'Silver Sand' was born. Silver Sand enjoyed success, being employed to perform not just in Gloucestershire but as far as Oxford, Bristol, Reading, Northampton and many other places.

During this time and whilst still at school, Clive wanted to join the school band but there was a problem - they only had a vacancy for a bass player, so at 14 Clive learnt to play the bass too.

Early twenties ...
A few years later, Silver Sand went their separate ways and Clive joined local band 'Mirror Image' playing guitar; he was now 20 years old. Mirror Image released a self-titled record in 1983. At this time independent record shops still held sway and locally Mirror Image outsold the national no.1 record.

Mirror Image broke up in 1986 and Clive moved into sound engineering and set up a PA hire business. During this time, opportunities for musicians in Gloucestershire floundered and Clive made the decision to move to London to further his musical career.

London calling ...
By now, Clive was 26 years old and, on arrival in London, he got involved in the local jam scene where upon he learnt to play the drums, as the house drummer preferred to play the guitar, so adding another instrument to his growing list of talents.

While continuing to play with a variety of bands as a bass player or guitarist, Clive set up a recording studio in his spare room. Here he worked with many artists, providing compositions, songs and backing tracks. Karaoke was very popular at this time and Clive developed his voice singing in competitions, which he often won. From then on he was recognised as a singer too!

An illustrious career ...
During his long career as a true multi-instrumentalist, Clive has played for Junior Delgado, Johnny Osbourne, Horace Andy, Earl 16, Colour Red, Carvin Jones and many, many more. He has also produced tracks for Tim Chandle, Norma White, George Williams and Solar Dub Records and has supported Desmond Dekker and The Selecter, to name just a few.

Up to date ...
Currently Clive plays guitar and sings with his ska/reggae band Dub-Sonic and frequently plays bass for rock band Westward and Tim Hain & Jamside Up, where he can also be persuaded to sing and play guitar. Clive also plays drums in the blues/rock band Birddog Blues and with Urban Wolf, in which he plays a mean 'Ace of Spades'. In his spare time he occasionally DJs or hosts a reggae disco.

I wonder if there is anything musical that he won't do? Probably not!