Date of Birth: April 13, Aries
Gear: Remo Encore Drums, Pork Pie snare drum, Sabian cymbals, Wuhan china cymbals, and DW 5000 pedals
Influences: Bun E. Carlos, Lars Ulrich, John Bonham, Dave Lombardo, Vinny Appice, Bill Bruford, Bruce Gary
When and why did you get into music?
I began playing drums at age 15. Cool tunes, killer snare drum fills, and catchy musical riffs drove me to play. I used my uncle’s old 1960’s Rogers drum kit until I could buy my own. My first real band/gig was SKY, late 1981, six months after I began playing. The band was made up of a group of schoolmates (we were all sophomores). We played cover tunes…never made it out of the basement. The band broke up because I kept pushing to play original material. I guess it wasn’t a "real" band, but it’s a great memory because I was so excited about how playing music made me feel…and where it might take me.
Bands: SKY (pop cover tunes), Plastic Warfare (punk/new wave originals), Terrax (heavy metal covers/some originals), Assassin (metal covers/some originals), Rude Awakening (metal covers), Viogression (thrash metal/then death metal), Morta Skuld (death metal), Fallen Race (pop/punk project band), Alchemist (prog metal), Tempus (prog rock/metal), Loblolly (psychedelic acid punkabilly…or something), Serenity (hard rock), Dimension X (Prog rock/metal), HEDDA
Albums: Cheap Trick – self-titled debut (1977), Black Sabbath – Mob Rules (1981), Metallica – Ride The Lightning (1984), The Knack – Get the Knack (1979), David Bowie – Scary Monsters (1980).
The Holy Bible, 1984, Animal Farm.
Movies: The Matrix, Mulholland Drive, The Thirteenth Floor.
Quote: “Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin." Proverbs 10:14.
Most Interesting Job: I once put Trivial Pursuit games together on an assembly line…need I elaborate?
Philosophy: I hope to live life to the fullest, experience many things, and have few regrets.