I was born in England in 1971. The son of a Fiji Born Indian father and an English mother. I come from a musical family where most of the members on my fathers's side perform on and teach a wide variety of traditional Indian instruments including Tabla, Dolak, Harmonium, Sitar and Vocals. My mother, growing up in Merseyside, was friends with the Beatles and so I've been surrounded by different styles of music for as long as I can remember.
When I was 6, my family decided to immigrate to Spain so my father left England for Spain to find a job, a house and a school for my sister and I - A couple of weeks later he returned with all of the above PLUS a Spanish Guitar.
I couldn't play a note and the guitar was twice my size but remember the feeling it gave when strummed the open strings...I was hooked!
I started lessons and built up quite a large repertoire of English folk songs, but I was so self-conscious that I'd avoid playing them for anyone at all costs!
Shortly after, we immigrated to Southern Spain. The community we moved into was rife with musicians so I was exposed to different styles and developed a love for Spanish and Flamenco guitar as well as hard rock and heavy metal.
It was around this time that my folks saved up and bought me my first electric guitar and amp. It was a beautiful sunburst 70s Fender Strat and a Polytone Mini Brute II that an American friend of mine was selling.
I started learning Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Rush songs the best I could but I was itching to play in a band. My dad had met a couple of local English guys who had a band and he somehow persuaded them to give me a go. So we went down to the rehearsal and I plugged in. Again, I was hooked but not quite good enough. They sympathetically encouraged me to go home, practice and come back when I knew some Iron Maiden songs...so i did ...and that was my first band! We actually went on to do some great gigs, one of which was in Mijas football stadium in 1986 opening for Spanish metal legends Baron Rojo in front of thousands of hardened rockers! I was 14 then.
So, by age 15 I was playing in some of the bigger local bands and gigging regularly on Costa del Sol.
This lasted for about 3 years until in 1990 at age 18 and on my parents dime (more like DIMES!), I moved to Hollywood and attended Musicians Institute.
I graduated, and after working as a guitarist, waiter, painter, packer, salesman, salesman and salesman for a few years, I recorded my first record, Fredericksen/Phillips.The recording came about as a result of my, now, long and close friendship with Ricky Phillips and was a big thrill for me because it featured guests from YES, Chicago, Journey, Mr. Mister, Tower of Power, Mr. Big, CCR, and an array of top L.A. players. - it felt like i was finally on my way somewhere!
Ricky took my under his wing for the first few years I lived in L.A, and our friendship has spawned many a musical experience.
In 1993 I auditioned for Mike Tramp's band, freak of Nature. One of the guitarists had left and they were leaving for Europe within 3 weeks! I got the gig and we went on the road.
We toured all over Europe and Scandinavia bussing it through the night most of the time. 10 days on and 1 day off was the norm. I did 2 tours with Freak of Nature. They did well but it was obvious to all of us that the band just wans't the same with out the original members so, upon their return to the us, we disbanded. Mike and I are still close friends.
I actually returned to Spain to improve my Flamenco guitar playing and work on some new material featuring myself as a vocalist. The songs I demoed ended up being the basis for a band I formed upon my return to L.A. with Carmine Rojas called Azul; which later became L.A. flamenco/rock cult favorite, Ziroq. Ziroq rcorded one very well received album and won a number of awards including best surround mix for a DVD we put out - Queen and The Who were also nominated but we WON!
Despite our hard work and critically acclaimed record, Ziroq lasted until around 2002. I had abandoned all other work and immersed myself in Ziroq and had reached my threshold as a struggling artist. I returned to Spain again to regroup and make another plan.
I worked in Spain for 5 years, mostly gigging and producing and actually played the most memorable gig of my life to date; The Royal Albert Hall. It was a benefit for Save the Children and featured Diego El Cigala, Cantores de Hispalis and Jose Greco.
I have been back in the U.S. since 2008 and will finish this when i get a chance...