Kenny Carpenter’s sage advice to young people? Believe in yourself and take no notice of your critics – and it’s almost as if he can read my mind!

There are things about getting older which soon start to grate. Like the fact it takes just that little bit more effort to get up out of a chair. Or waking up in the morning with this mild but irritating pain in a place you’ve never had issues with before.

But it also comes with a few pleasant side effects. Not least the fact you stop caring what other people think. You realise things like peer pressure are nonsense – and you wish you’d realised things like this far sooner. The opinions of the people who know you aren’t always the most helpful ones.

And this is something Kenny Carpenter alludes to in a recent Facebook post…

This blog entirely agrees with Carpenter here. Many people told me that no one would like my music, yet I soon found a fair few did. The same happened after I launched Amateur’s House properly – the naysayers would have me believe there was no audience in looking at dance music with a critical eye. A growing readership, and a massively growing email subscription list proves them wrong.

If you don’t believe in yourself, persuading others to do so is no easy task…