Fireworks & Rocktopia

Rocktopia is a website dedicated to serving those involved in melodic rock music and its associated genres, put together by an elite team with extensive talents. A culmination of effort from those involved in the superb melodic rock magazine Fireworks, the premier melodic rock festival Firefest as well as the concert film and music video specialists at Transistor Pictures, Rocktopia hopes to bridge the gap between fans, journalists and musicians by creating a community for all involved in this type of music.

With a team boasting some of the finest web developers, skilled film makers, experienced journalists and talented photographers, Rocktopia houses all anyone with an interest in melodic rock music could ever need. Below you can read about each team member and their experience in their field, and contact them where necessary:

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Bruce Mee

Bruce Mee

Fireworks & Rocktopia Managing Editor
I blame my brother for getting me hooked on rock. I was an avid ABBA fan when he joined the Brittania Music Company around 1978, and one of the first albums he bought was Rainbow 'Rising'. It didn't take long for those majestic vocals and melodies to weave their magic into my soul, and I've been a ...
James  Gaden

James Gaden

Fireworks & Rocktopia Art Editor
James Gaden has been into classic rock music even before he was born, thanks to his heavily pregnant mother attending shows by Status Quo and Thin Lizzy. His love for the music was kick started by seeing Queen perform at Wembley - on the telly sadly, but it was still inspiring. Not only did the ...
Dave Scott

Dave Scott

Fireworks & Rocktopia Reviews Editor
Music has always been a part of my life. From the moment I was born I was initiated in Rock through the likes of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones and Queen. There was also plenty of sixties music, Folk and Disco to name but a few others that my parents listened to. As I grew older ...
Steven Reid

Steven Reid

Fireworks & Rocktopia Assistant Editor
Imagine a time of darkened rooms, hushed learned tones and music that mystified and delighted. These were the Friday nights that shaped and formed my love of a whole host of Rock and Metal bands as Tommy Vance shared with his attentive, headbanging masses the sounds that we’d hold dear to our ...
Ant Heeks

Ant Heeks

Fireworks & Rocktopia Assistant Editor
For virtually all of the 40 years of my life so far I’ve lived in the uninspiring Staffordshire town of Tamworth, home of Sir Bob Catley and Blaze Bayley & Wolfsbane (and less interestingly Sir Robert Peel, Julian Cope and two runaway pigs). I’m married to Izzy, have two lovely daughters ...
Rob McKenzie

Rob McKenzie

Fireworks & Rocktopia Assistant Editor
I am an assistant editor for Fireworks Magazine looking after the ´Bookmark´ page which handles reviews of music related books. My role started officially in Issue 62 and I am very pleased with how it has gone so far and love the eye-catching layout produced by James Gaden. I have very quickly ...
Paul Jerome Smith

Paul Jerome Smith

Fireworks & Rocktopia Consultant
Well, I suppose I am the oldest member of the team, as I now enjoy travelling around using my Concessionary travel pass and Senior railcard! Travel is certainly one of my greatest pleasures, and reflects upon my interest in the environment (both built and natural) as a Geographer. Indeed, Geography ...
Paul 'Woody' Woodward

Paul 'Woody' Woodward

Fireworks & Rocktopia Rocktopia News Editor & Contributing Writer
I am from Walsall in The Black Country area of the Midlands, UK. Being a big fan of live music, I love going to loads of gigs! I'm very lucky to live in an area which has quite a few venues of varying sizes, so I do get a good chance to see a lot of bands. A couple of my favourite venues are The ...
Steve Price

Steve Price

Fireworks & Rocktopia Rocktopia Podcast Host & Producer
Along time stalwart of the music business, his first job upon leaving college was for a leading Guitar Amp manufacturer and on his first day at work he was taken to the Frankfurt Music Fair and ‘introduced’ to the social side of the music business (i.e. Hangovers!). Steve started his ...
Phil Ashcroft

Phil Ashcroft

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
As a child of the front end of the sixties I was just the right age to get into glam rock, particularly The Sweet and Wizzard. From there I discovered Status Quo, Thin Lizzy and all the classic rock that I’d just missed, and through my teenage years I was a sponge that soaked up all the ...
Sue Ashcroft

Sue Ashcroft

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
I was born in the small seaside town of Gourock on the west coast of Scotland. Having been brought up in a household filled with music, it was soon apparent that I would develop the family passion for singing, playing instruments and listening to whatever music was available. In my formative years, ...
Carl Buxton

Carl Buxton

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
Bio to follow soon ...
Monica Castedo-Lopéz

Monica Castedo-Lopéz

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
Bio to follow soon ...
Alan Holloway

Alan Holloway

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
Much like Bruce Mee, my brother is to blame for me liking rock music, as his AC/DC fetish made me put away the ABBA albums and get mum to knit me an AC/DC logo jumper (seriously, it was legendary).  As he drifted away into Madonna and shite like that, I decided to stay with the rock and metal, ...
Duncan Jamieson

Duncan Jamieson

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
It was a pre-pubescent purchase of Rainbow’s ‘Down To Earth’ and a record collection left behind by an uncle who had gone off to Germany with his band that got me into rock music. Amongst the records were classic 70s albums like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and 10CC as well as great ...
Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
I’m really part of the Fireworks / Rocktopia team because of one man. His name: Ronnie James Dio. I first heard him sing (way back in 1976) the song ‘Man On A Silver Mountain’ and the rest - as they say - is history. Rock music became my life long passion because of RJD! Before this my ...
Gary Marshall

Gary Marshall

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
As I type this biography I’m looking down the barrel of my 50th Birthday, albeit I’m sure my love of music keeps me younger than those years. In my youth music was all around in the family home with my older siblings listening to the likes of The Carpenters, Simon & Garfunkel and Elton John ...
Ray Paul

Ray Paul

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
I got my first taste of music as most do from the radio in the seventies, upon getting a record player around 7 years old. I really found my true love in music, when my father gave me a batch of singles and albums he no longer wanted, and I began to spin them every day. For every classic album ...
Mike Ainscoe

Mike Ainscoe

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
My love of music can probably be traced back to the Dave Clark Five’s 1964 single “Bits And Pieces”. Being jigged about to the 2 minute antiphonal (google it) hit whilst a toddler was at the beginning of an ongoing journey of musical discovery. Inevitably, things led to Top Of The Pops and ...
Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
Michael Anthony is a Cardiff-based rock fan and writer. He is author of the recently published book ‘Words and Music: Excursions in the Art of Rock Fandom’. He also writes for Uber Rock and is a contributor to Prog Magazine. First musical love: Neil Diamond (‘Hot August Night’ – I still ...
Bruce E A  Atkinson

Bruce E A Atkinson

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
Bio to follow soon ...
Nicky Baldrian

Nicky Baldrian

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
Just like my other main passion surfing, music has always been a huge inspiration to me, I grew up on bands like Van Halen, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Boston, Sabbath, Al Di Meola, Kiss, Rainbow, Billy Joel, Motorhead, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Mother's Finest, Journey, Whitesnake, ...
Dave Bott

Dave Bott

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
My love of music started at an early age and I even convinced my dad to take me to see Sweet in concert as a 1974 birthday present. As my tastes developed so did my appreciation for bands who were recognised for rock music and all through secondary school I remember having the names of many bands ...
Sophie Brownlee

Sophie Brownlee

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
Rock music was a part of my life from my first gig of The White Stripes and then Monsters of Rock at the age of twelve. It was here that I saw Alice Cooper for the first time and the world of Motley Crue, glam metal and Buckcherry quickly followed. At first I was heavily influenced by my ...
Az Chaudhry

Az Chaudhry

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
When I was growing up in the early 70s I used to listen to the charts and watch Top of the Pops and loved The Sweet and 10CC. My elder brother was really into Yes, Genesis, ELP, Floyd, Zep, Rainbow and Deep Purple and I could hear their classic albums blasting out from his bedroom and initially ...
Dave Crompton

Dave Crompton

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
I suppose my first foray into the world of adult music came when I first heard the unmistakeable tones of Marc Bolan and Tyrannosaurus Rex back in the very early 1970’s – I was 12 at the time, an only son with two elder sisters, living in Bolton, Lancashire. Whilst my parents listened to Burt ...
Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
I first got into rock music back in 1980 whilst at secondary school, in my hometown of Lincoln. The song that started my journey was Rainbow’s ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’. I subsequently got a cassette of the album ‘Down To Earth’ that I had on continuous rotation throughout that summer. I ...
Lara Kisel

Lara Kisel

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
Bio to follow soon ...
Alexandra Mrozowska

Alexandra Mrozowska

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
“I was born on the dawn of a new society and I feel lucky that my eyes could see people standing up and being who they want to be…” This quote borrowed from Cinderella’s ‘One For Rock’n’Roll’ perfectly portrays my early days. I was born in Bydgoszcz, a city located in northern ...
Steve Swift

Steve Swift

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
Born in Nottingham and raised at Rock City, Steve has been a Manchester resident since 1986 when he relocated to attend University and the famous Hacienda where he flirted with Funk and has never really lost the love, hence his constant arguments that Purple's ‘Come Taste The Band’ needs ...
Joe Hager

Joe Hager

Fireworks & Rocktopia Website Developer
Bio to follow soon ...
Bernhard Kellerer

Bernhard Kellerer

Fireworks & Rocktopia Guardian of Rocktopia and Owner of Transistor Pictures
Berny is a founding member of Dragon Data Ltd. He directed and edited all Firefest concert films released under the "Transistor Pictures" brand. Berny graduated from the London Film School and received his diploma with distinction in 2001. He founded iMagic Films the same year and StratoVox - a ...
Central Electronic Brain

Central Electronic Brain

Fireworks & Rocktopia Rocktopia Mainframe
Released in 1981 by Sinclair Research, I am the follow-up to the Sinclair ZX80. My distinctive appearance was the work of industrial designer Rick Dickinson, whose work include case designs for the Sinclair QL, the Sinclair TV80 and the Gizmondo handheld console. Running at a clock rate of a ...

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