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Brian Roe

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New Beginnings – October 2015

I first heard about AMZ Tracker from my friend Tanya back in 2015, she, being a member of AMZ Tracker saw a job ad on their website and informed me about it! I was looking for a meaningful break from Brighton and as this was in Bangkok, one of the places on my list to visit, it was perfect timing.

The application process was a three day event! I had to create memberships, make a video and have a Skype interview but I got the job . Yep, I was well happy but it meant saying goodbye to the band I was playing in and to my son Indio who at the time was 16 and was pretty much independent and had left school and got himself in to college to study film making. Still, its a big move for anyone starting out on a Digital Nomadic journey.

I had a lovely girlfriend back in 1987 in Brighton called Stella, she was a 6th former at Roedean and her farther was the Cultural Attaché to the British ambassador of Sri Lanka. She told me so much about this island paradise that I was absolutely fixated with the place. I was totally hooked and obsessed with getting out there but there was a civil war on and getting out there was going to be very difficult.

I still feel the same way now as I always did about Sri Lanka, even now having been here many times, there is so much more I want to do and see. And eventually live here

A Childhood In Royal Leamington Spa

I never intended or thought I would be an entrepreneur coming from such humble and working class beginnings!
I grew up in a a prosperous  town in England called Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire to working class parents! My dad Gerry and mum June in the mid 60’s. Leamington is a Spa town surrounded by beautiful countryside and connected via the river Avon to the historic towns of Warwick and Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford Upon Avon. Kind of landed on my feet being born here! Although it was pretty much full of posh gits, at least it wasn’t Coventry! now that would have been tough.

Great to be back in sunny Brighton, but not for too long I hope as I’m looking to get back out to Sri Lanka and on to the plantation to get on with some product development. But saying that, there are not many places better to find yourself than in Brighton between April and September.

I first moved to Brighton from my home town of Leamington Spa back in January 1987. The whole band “Light” moved down together. We were all best mates and had been planning the move for a good 6 months and made a few visits in that time! Some of our close friends had already moved down.

 

Breaking News – I am very happy to announce that I will be recording with Naomi Bedford on her new album! Other artists on the album are Andy Summers from The Police and Paul Simmonds from The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

I have officially retired from professional session drumming but do enjoy a jam-session and the odd pub gig with my mates! And yes, before you ask, of course I miss it but its a tough game and I have spent many years doing it! I’m a hard drummer with a Dave Grohl, John Bonham style which is pretty ear shattering and I want to keep whats left of my hearing intact. Also, its very physical! I am not a drummer who’d just sit there and play a nice 4×4, I am like a caged animal when I play! I suppose I used my time behind a drum kit to exercise my inner torment and share it with an audience as rhythm.

I got the idea for buying and selling vintage Harley’s when I returned to Brighton in February this year! I went for a drink with my good friend and collaborator Kent who I have known for a few years now. Kent is an old school real biker with the tattoos and a Harley workshop in Brighton! I was originally looking for a bike for myself for the summer season but couldn’t find what I was looking for so seeing a gap in the market for flipping bikes for a profit decided to buy some vintage Ironhead Sportsters.

Kent already had a set up called Rat Chopper where he was fixing up and customising friends bikes but I saw the potential here for so much more.