First instrument I learned to play was the piano, and I got as far as grade 5, only about 2-3 years away from being qualified to teach it. Towards the end of it I started getting into rock/punk/metal (age 12-13) and all of a sudden wanted to play drums instead.
I basically sat in my room for two years, learning by tapping my feet, and air-drumming with pencils. I got my first kit on my 15th birthday, and joined a band about a week after. We did our first gig about a month after that.
When I was 16 I joined another local band, and started to gig with them. We stayed together until I was 21, and in the process built up enough of a following to be able to pull in crowds of 600-700 people.
Our singer/guitar player then left and joined a signed band, and I played with a few different bands (country, pop, etc.).
In 2001 I got a call to go to the US to join a band with some old friends, and spent 3 months touring the southeast of America. On coming home for Christmas I jammed for a while with the singer/guitarist who had originally left the other band, and found that we were coming up with some really good stuff. I decided not to go back to the States.
After a few months I was offered the job with a touring cover-band, and joined up. Basically playing 5-7 nights a week, with 4 weeks off a year, this left me with no other time to play my own stuff. I managed to stick it for just over two years.
The band I had left was going into Grouse Lodge Studios in Ireland, and were down a drummer. I stepped in to help, and ended up back in the band. That was a few years ago. And that's pretty much where I am at the moment.
If I haven't bored you to death, and you'd like to hear some tunes, you can go to www.myspace.com/laminatemusic