After leaving school in 1982, Pollock undertook an electrical apprenticeship, before leaving New Zealand in 1987 to undertake a music degree at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, USA, specialising in guitar. He returned to New Zealand in 1988, taught guitar privately, and played for a time with a band called Russia. In 1991 he released solo album called Just Looking, and released the song Yesterday on HUM Sampler 92. He joined Knightshade, and briefly Whisperscream, around 1991. He continued to play with Knightshade until 1995, and again when the band reformed in 2011. In the interim, he played in Circus Animals (1996–2000).