Musician, Entrepreneur, Author
I grew up in Devon, England, surrounded by beautiful green fields and 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, John Sykes and Eddie Van Halen became idols of mine and I would spend every night, alone in my bedroom, learning the guitar solos from my favorite players. In 2008, 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, to live out my rock and roll fantasies.
While living in Los Angeles, I immediately began playing with many local bands and would perform regularly on the ‘Sunset Strip’ at clubs such as the Whisky A Go Go. Over the years I progressed to playing with touring bands and eventually would tour all over the world. The highlight of this time was playing live in Japan to a sold out crowd in Shibuya, Tokyo. In addition to playing live, 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 was nothing I loved more than making music, but after living in Los Angeles as a musician for 5 years, I was completely broke and needed a change of scenery
In 2014 I moved to Berlin, Germany and changed careers, entering the ‘Live Escape Game’ industry. I opened Escape Game locations in Brighton, England and Berlin, Germany. I finally started to make some real money $$$:) 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 wrote a book about my love for all animals called ‘The Howling Company’ in 2015.
After a few years of running two successful companies, and living a very comfortable lifestyle, I faced the most challenging chapter of my life when my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017. I dropped everything to become his full time carergiver 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. Losing a parent will make you look at life a lot differently, and for me I decided it was time yet again to make some big life changes.
In 2019 I bid farewell to Berlin and decided the time was right for me to return to Los Angeles, and more importantly, get back to making music and being creative. I’d saved up a lot of money from my Escape Game business and managed to purchase my dream home in West Hollywood, right across the street from the Rainbow Bar & Grill. In fact, the property I bought was especially special as it was also the former home to legendary Motorhead frontman Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister.
Going into 2020, I’m currently writing a Cyberpunk comic book series called ‘Wild Frontier’ as well as some other writing projects. I’m also working on new original music which will hopefully be released later this year. Stay tuned, cheers!
Top Secret Letter from horror author/actor/dreamweaver Garth Marenghi.