For some reason I was asked to be in a Ska band when I was in high school. I probably owe a lot of it to the fact that I owned and played the saxophone in high school because it seemed like everybody with a sax was in a ska band in the mid to late 90s. I’m not even a ska music fan but for a while after that band broke up I prided myself on being a part of that band and held every project up to it as a comparison for a while.
But the path that led me to where I am today was more complicated than that. When I was six years old I began what would be a six year long love affair with skateboarding after seeing ‘Back to the Future’. At the age of thirteen I heard ‘Polythene Pam’ by The Beatles in a video on SK8 TV, found ‘Abbey Road’ in my parents record collection, dropped skateboarding and devoted myself to music.
Fast forward through a slew of punk shows in the tri-state area and I’m studying Jazz saxophone at Temple University in Philadelphia, whilst writing and demoing songs on guitar in my spare time. In a fit of rage I drop out of college, after auditioning three times to get in, and decide to just be a musician and work day jobs. I didn’t really want to be a studio musician or teacher I wanted to do my own thing. But, college was a great time for me musically having played and gigged in a jazz trio for about a year.
College was fun and all but the level of discipline it takes to be a jazz musician left me feeling inadequate so I left and eventually found myself moving out of Philadelphia to Salt Lake City, UT and eventually Seattle meeting up with and playing in a progressive/electronic/rock group for three years all of the while writing songs on guitar on the side.
It wasn’t until I started to focus on being a singer-songwriter and leave everything else alone that I really started to find my stride. I finally started recording this collection of songs that I had written over the years and quickly realized that they were almost all garbage and not worth recording which lead me to write new songs some of which can be found on this website.
All-in-all I took a round-about way to get back to my first love which was 60s/70s music largely influenced by The Beatles and similar music of that era. I don’t regret any of the decisions I’ve made, I just wished I had come to this realization sooner.
My plans for the future involve just being a guitar player and writing songs on the guitar, that’s what makes me happiest.