I was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. My earliest memory is of being profoundly happy to be alive.
I've always loved science fiction: Star Trek and the work of both Irwin Allen and Gerry Anderson were early favourites. I also enjoyed movies such as, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Forbidden Planet, The War of the Worlds, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Fantastic Voyage. As a very young boy, I created a heroic alien character called Tuduh Fadah. This character would find his way into my epic science fiction novel, Veterans of the Psychic Wars, alongside an alien character my young son invented, named Nook Tigg – more about that later.
My interest in sci-fi television didn’t only extend to the characters and stories; I was also a big fan of the music. The scores produced by John Williams for shows such as Lost in Space and Land of the Giants are still favourites of mine. I am also a big fan of the pioneering work of Barry Gray for Gerry Anderson’s productions.
The 70s came, and with it the development of the electronic synthesiser. A lot of the music of this era influenced me, but it was Popcorn (Gershon Kingsley) by Hot Butter in 1972, Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk in 1977, and Equinoxe Part 5 by Jean Michel Jarre in 1979 that most contributed to my love of electronic music. In 1979, with the gift of a Casio VL-1, I began my journey into music composition.
In 1984, I came to England to study art and design at to the Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea, London. At Heatherley, I studied Fine Art Painting under the first female President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the BP Portrait Award Winner, Daphne Todd OBE. During my first school term, I had a painting entitled Psychedelic Eric chosen for the London Youth Festival exhibition. The following year, I bought my first professional keyboard, a second-hand Roland JX-3P; and around this time, I began to use the name of one of my musical compositions, Red Moon, as a pseudonym. This would later be adopted as a company name, employing my album cover logo design as the company logo. In 1988, I added an Ensoniq SQ-80, an Ensoniq Mirage sampler and an Alesis HR-16 drum machine. Soon after, I had work commissioned by British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).
In 1995, my short film, London – Metropolis of the Future, was accepted for The British Short Film Festival. The film’s tagline was, ‘The Future Begins Today.’ Compare that with the tagline of Star Trek (2009) - ‘The future begins’, and Terminator Salvation, which was originally named Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. I suppose I was on to something back in 1994, when I shot my film. Around 1994, I also started writing the script for what would eventually be Britain’s first martial arts movie, Ashes to Ashes (1999).
In 2006, I co-produced a training DVD, which tackles the cause of anxiety and panic attacks: Boyd Brent’s Trip-Wire Solution. And, between 2006 and 2009, I wrote the first book of my epic Psychic Wars sci-fi saga: Veterans of the Psychic Wars, and in 2012 I released the eBook, Ashes to Ashes: Screenplay. Also in 2012, I became Kingston upon Thames adult intellectual chess champion in what was my first and only British chess tournament.
With the support of my music fans, January 2014 saw me at number 1 on the Reverbnation Electronica chart for the UK and 6th globally, and I've maintained a Top 40 presence throughout 2014. In January 2015, I released another instalment from the Psychic Wars universe and in October I published Images of Cuba, my first travel photography book. I'm currently a member of The Performing Right Society, and The British Science Fiction Association.
Veterans of the Psychic Wars - Book Trailer