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 started to play the electric guitar. Ritchie Blackmore, Gary Moore, John Sykes, and Eddie Van Halen became idols of mine, and I would spend many nights, 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 began playing with many local bands and would perform regularly on the ‘Sunset Strip’ at clubs like 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 started my own business and 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 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 caregiver and spent every day, 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’m most proud of. On September 13th, 2018, fate was incredibly cruel when both my father Peter Wallner, and my Beagle Louie, died on the same day. Losing a parent will make you look at life a lot differently and 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. The property is pretty cool, considering it’s also the former home to legendary Motorhead frontman Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister.
I’m currently writing a science fiction saga called ‘Tales From Eros’ which features both books and comic books to tell an epic story. Most importantly, I’m also recording a new album called ‘Duel’ which I hope to release in 2022. Stay tuned, cheers!
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