“I left Cornwall when I was 22 in a band and we went to London with the usual hopes of making it big. Of course, London takes up all of your time and we were all so busy working, that the band drifted.
“London is where I met my wife, Maz. We were spending lots of our time and money leaving London to visit places like North Wales and The Lakes and Scotland, and we just wanted to move on and live in a beautiful place like this rather than be too wrapped up in the London trap.
“So, I had an opportunity. I had a great job and I loved working at Tower Records. I was a product manager for what was, as far as I’m concerned, the best record shop in the world, so that was a brilliant thing. But it kind of went south with the change in the music industry, so that provided me with an opportunity to leave.
“I sent a CV to Cotswold Outdoor in Keswick and Royal Oak. Ross in Betws-y-Coed got back to me the next day, so that’s why it was North Wales and not The Lakes! So, we moved here in 2005 and lived up in Capel Garmon, which was a wonderful place. It’s so high up: you get a beautiful view over the national park and you can see all of the main ranges. But the main thing was that we wanted to buy a house, and the right house, so we held off until something that could accommodate us came along. We wanted a family and needed the extra rooms for that, plus somewhere to put all the drums and guitars!
“Then a house came up in Capel Curig, and that meant we moved into the scenery. That’s the big difference; it’s nice to see the whole thing but we actually wanted to be in amongst it and there’s nowhere more in amongst it than Capel Curig.”