Musician, Entrepreneur, Author
I grew up in South West England surrounded by lots of sheep. While I was a teenager, studying at Colyton Grammar School, I discovered my love for rock music and the electric guitar. Ritchie Blackmore, Gary Moore and John Sykes became my biggest influences. Immediately after graduating from the University of Portsmouth, I flew to Los Angeles with my guitar in one hand, and a bag of clothes in the other.
While living in Los Angeles I played with many bands and toured all over the world including Japan, North America, Canada and Europe. I also recorded a lot of my own music with many great musicians including Don Airey, Carmine Appice, Derek Sherinian, Neil Murray, Tony Carey, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Rudy Sarzo, Tony Franklin, Brian Tichy and many more. There’s nothing I love more than making music, but after living in Los Angeles for 5 years, I decided I needed a change of scenery.
In 2014 I moved to Berlin, Germany and entered the ‘Live Escape Game’ industry. I opened Escape Game locations in Brighton, England and Berlin, Germany. Running my own business gave me the freedom to explore other interests. In 2015 I walked into the Berlin Animal Shelter (Tierheim) and asked them for the oldest dog who had been there the longest. I left with a 9 year old Beagle called Louie. I also have a Chihuahua called ‘Lizzy’ and a cat called ‘Coco’. They were both rescued while I was living Los Angeles. I wrote a book about my love for animals called ‘The Howling Company’ in 2015, it’s dedicated to my pets.
In 2017 I faced the most challenging chapter of my life when my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I became his full time carer and spent everyday for the next 18 months by his side. As sad as the experience was, it was also very rewarding. Caring for my father during this time is by far the thing in my life I am most proud of. On September 13th, 2018 fate was incredibly cruel when my father Peter Wallner and my Beagle Louie both died on the same day.
In 2019 I decided the time was right for me to return to Los Angeles and get back to being creative. I started by writing a Cyberpunk comic book series called ‘Wild Frontier’. I’m also looking to get back to playing music again and release new music, cheers!
Top Secret Letter from horror author/actor/dreamweaver Garth Marenghi.