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“The business is probably 30 percent your playing, 30 percent personality and 40 percent networking. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
"For me, knowing Karl and Paul was massive. You should use the internet as well. I’ve been offered gigs on Facebook because I’ve friended someone on there that is an MD.
"You can sit at home and rehearse, but you need to get out there. I had about a year without a gig, so I’d go out to jam nights because I knew people would be there.
"People need to see you playing. You might get a small gig out of it, and you never know who you’ll bump into and what it could lead to.”