And… the Rhythm Stick was born.
I played around with my 'high tech' plank of wood for ages (that by now I was calling 'the stick’, 'the plank' somehow did'nt quite have the same ring!) and I became convinced that the idea could become a great new instrument.
Full of enthusiasm, I set about approaching some of the companies who made the drum machines I’d been ripping apart and tried to explain my idea. My excitement and enthusiasm was met with indifference and open amusement.
I was only 20 and I’d naively thought that other people would be able to see what was in my head. It was a harsh lesson. I learnt quickly that enthusiasm will only get you so far... people need to see a real product.
So, as is my way, I said “fuk them” and set about building my vision.
I knew it would work, and anyway, how hard could it be?
This was the beginning of a journey that I could not have predicted.