Spike Barker's Dad bought him his first drum kit when he was 6 and he used to play to the people walking past his flat in Acocks Green. Then on his 14th Birthday his Dad bought him his first bass guitar. Two years later he was gigging out in the Pubs. A lot of time has passed by, and he has played with numerous different bands and musicians; as a drummer and then sometimes a bass player. He cut his teeth, as it were, with Trevor Burton, one of the midlands most respected singers, whom he still greatly admires, and realised that it was the bass that empowered him over drumming. (he must also mention Maz Mitrenko who shouted out the chords during the set).
At some point over the years a double bass appeared courtesy of his Grandad. He was afraid of this creature at first but warmed to it slowly. Years later, a few string changes and a tweak here and there, he found an instrument he could have some fun with. Then he hears The Barflys are interested in a double bass player. Cool
He also plays with Bebe Tromans, the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra & Simon Harris' Manouche.