Fireworks & Rocktopia - Meet The Team

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 - Meet The Team 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 - Meet The Team 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 - Meet The Team 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 ...
Paul Jerome Smith

Paul Jerome Smith

Fireworks & Rocktopia - Meet The Team 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 - Meet The Team 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 - Meet The Team 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 ...
Ray Paul

Ray Paul

Fireworks & Rocktopia - Meet The Team 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 ...
Franco Cerchiari

Franco Cerchiari

Fireworks & Rocktopia - Meet The Team Contributing Writer
Ever since I held Quiet Riot’s ‘Metal Health’ in my heathen hands, I was hooked, and knew hard rock and metal was going to be a huge part of my life. From there, my tastes in music have evolved into power, symphonic, melodic and progressive metal, with my favorites being from Europe. ...
Phil Ashcroft

Phil Ashcroft

Fireworks & Rocktopia - Meet The Team 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 - Meet The Team 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, ...
Gary Marshall

Gary Marshall

Fireworks & Rocktopia - Meet The Team 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 ...
Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony

Fireworks & Rocktopia - Meet The Team 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 ...
Nicky Baldrian

Nicky Baldrian

Fireworks & Rocktopia - Meet The Team 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, ...
Bernhard Kellerer

Bernhard Kellerer

Fireworks & Rocktopia - Meet The Team Guardian of Rocktopia and Owner of Transistor Pictures - DVD and Music Video Production Company
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 - Meet The Team 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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