After the University of Oxford, he moved to London, where he began acting as a disc jockey at nightclubs and composing music. He set up the label Skinny Malinky. He met Tom Findlay in 1994 in Cambridge, through a common friend who was his girlfriend (and now his wife), Jo, whom he met at Oxford. In London they had a dance night calledCaptain Sensual at the Helm of the Groove Armada.
He is well known as a voice on environmental concerns, sustainability and agribusiness. In 2011, he also established a new band, Days of May, which focuses partly on protest music relating to economic depression. In the same year he became the first musician to compose a ringtone for a specific charity, WaveLength Charity, which gives TVs and radios to isolated and vulnerable people in the UK.