I first started playing the guitar when I was 9 years old. I started taking lessons in elementary school so I could get out of class once a week for a half an hour. Admittedly, it wasn't the most noble of reasons to learn how to play an instrument.
After tinkering with it for a couple of years, I finally asked myself…why play the guitar, when I can play the bass? I then proceeded to teach myself how to play the most beastly of instruments. Over the next few years, I’ve had formal lessons and/or instruction on the guitar, piano, drums, sousaphone, baritone, and trombone. I’m still trying to forget what happened with the sax.
Strangely enough, I am completely self taught on the bass guitar, and consider myself to be first and foremost a bass player. The guys who had the biggest impact on my style of playing are John Wetton, Chris Squire, and Geddy Lee. To date the bass players I enjoy listening to the most, are Gary Willis, Tom Kennedy, and of course Jaco… Growing up and living in Germany, I had the amazing experience of being able to perform all over that country, as well as in France, Holland, and Yugoslavia.
Eventually, I moved to a dusty little town in Arizona. However, serenading the scorpions and gila monsters wasn’t exactly musically fulfilling, so from there, I moved to Maryland. Since I’ve been here, I’ve met, and played with some great musicians, and been in some very cool bands. More recently, I was a member of the all original band Medium Underground, and we recorded and released a CD. Unfortunately, the platinum album sales, world tours, and screaming girls, didn’t quite materialize, as we’d hoped.
For the last several years, I’ve been a member of the band Dead Ringer along side the one and only Dana Dagit. At some point, Mark Houser approached Dana about joining Perfect Element, and at another point Dana introduced me to Mark and Dave Marsch. Following a somewhat dubious reception on their part, I begged the guys to let me play with them. After a well placed bribe or two, and several free drinks, they enthusiastically agreed…and the rest, as they say, is history. After all, the band needs at least one good looking guy in it!