Me baby…Me!

My friends call me Sammy Lee but I was born Lee Tomlinson, I play drums in loads of bands and have done since I was 12, music is kind of an obsession of mine, I try to balance it with my other love which is design,- digital / hand drawn illustration / photography… I love to be creative and get excited when I see other peoples clever use of imagery whether its a piece of graffiti, a billboard, a magazine advertisement or even a brand logo design. Music and design share many similarities and as a working musician and design degree student I intend on creating work that depicts this as I try to establish myself as a graphic designer. I studied graphic design at ND level after leaving school and since then I have concentrated my efforts on playing music- this has been frustrating to say the least but also given me some incredible moments to cherish- I have some road stories and varied success with a few artists. The music industry leaves you with a very sour, synthetic taste after a while. I was fortunate to record in many of London’s legendary studio’s and play in some great venues. After nearly ten years of sacrificing a decent wage (and occupation) playing music full time, I now want to focus more on my design work and put more of my artistic energy into this area as it seems a more real platform from which to be creative. There will always be critics and confidence breakers in every creative field but at least with creative design you don’t have to deal with LSD (lead singer disease) Ego platforms, dodgy promoters, touring up and down the country with hairy smelly wannabe rock stars and lugging instruments to and fro setting up only to find out the total attendance at that particular gig is the bar staff and the support band… Anyway enough moaning. as they say in the Dolph Lundgren staring 80’s classic ‘Masters of the Universe’ -“don’t say goodbye… say good journey” …ahh Journey what a band, well, until Glee stole their biggest hit and made every chav want to sing it at yates pub karaoke’s all over our once beautiful nation. Oh and I like to moan..

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