Music has always been a passion of mine whatever the genre, be it Black Sabbath or Mozart. I began as a drummer in my teens playing Pop through to playing bass and banjo in a successful Country music band. I had a wonderful eight years with Springfield touring the UK and the continent culminating in the release of three albums. In 1987 I went back to the clubs and continued studio and session work, also setting up my own recording studio in 1995 which became popular – recording local artists and sequencing backing tracks. Up to 6 years ago I was still actually performing – in a heavy metal band! And it was wonderful. I guess the performer in me prompted this latest journey into radio presenting and would like to thank Elastic FM and the team here for giving me the opportunity to express and continue my love of music. Also, apart from painting in oils I have published several novels – one short story and a book on the history of Bolsover. There is no better feeling than creating something and being satisfied with the result. You can see my work at: stuarthaywood.com.