July 22, 1983... I was raised by parents who consantly listened
to whatever was on country music radio stations, and this is really
the only music i knew until 12 or 13. I was very introverted in
my childhood and early teens and became quite content with finding
ways to amuse myself alone. I had always fiddled around one little
toy keyboards as a child, and easily figured out melodies and chords.
my early teens, being sick to death of country music, I started
developing my own musical taste which at the time was basically
mainstream rock, lots of post grunge. At 14 I decided I wanted a
guitar for christmas. I got i crappy little guitar from sears and
taught myself partially by ear, partially by books and guitar magazines.
I caught on pretty quickly and became very absorbed in playing guitar.
It consumed the majority of my spare time through highschool.
i had been playing guitar for about 2 years i decided to start taking
classical guitar lessons, mainly to expand my knowledge of theory
and to improve my technique and to become familiar with a different
style of music. I took on quickly and my teacher skipped me through
a few grades, until i was playing grade 6 pieces. Eventually i played
my first solo at a local music festival. I really hated the environment,
with all of the snobby phony type people that were watching me play.
I then decided that I did not want to work in order to entertain
that type of person... I really hated how formal and proper everything
was. Finally I realized I had gotten all that I wanted out of classical
lessons and I decided to quit. By this time I was listening to a
lot of radiohead, silverchair's neon ballroom, portishead, and some
more underground artists.
quiting classical lessons i have never sat down to practice guitar.
I lost all interest in improving my technique and attempting to
pull off impressive solo's. So I just began writing.. writing lots
and lots of songs.. only recording ideas onto a little stereo. After
a while I bought an analog 4-track recorder and for a while I worked
on finding my own sound. It took a while. I experimented with many
different sounds, styles, approaches to songwriting, singing voices,
etc... eventually i developed into what i felt was right for me.
To me the most important aspect was putting all of my emotion into
every song, and the result was my sound.
currently finished recording, mixing, and producing my first cd
(which i will gladly mail to anyone who wants one, by the way) .
I currently work in a pet store, because i really love animals and
live a vegan lifestyle. Some of my favourite artist and greatest
influences are: John Frusciante, Nirvana, Radiohead, Smog, Neutral
Milk Hotel, Portishead, Fugazi, Tori Amos, Flipper, Slint, Bob Dylan,
(new) silverchair, Syd Barrett, Clinic, The Residents, Chainsuck,
Jeff Buckley, Bjork, Jandek, Beck, June Of 44, etc.