I begun my interest in music at an early age. I composed my first song somewhere around 6 or 7 yrs of age. My first "learned" and "taught" instrument was the Trumpet and I performed in my schools band from 4th grade to 7th. all the while I also "messed around" with the piano so when I got to High School, from 9th to 11th grade, I took an actual Piano course as an alternative class credit. My true passion as a songwriter was developed by age 15 when I taught my self how to play acoustic guitar. since then I have continued to hone and craft all my musical talent in a wide array and variety of instruments, Synthesizers and Processors.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Funny enough the first concert I ever went to was "Amy Grant" as part of a youth group trip. The most memorable moment was the vibe from the mass crowd and the power of the Live sound, I wasn't really a fan. actually was dragged along to it but it was enjoyable none the less.
What gear do you use?
Ovation Applause AE128 Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Custom Kramer (Fender Copy Cat Strat) Fender Squier Bullet Series, Fender Squier P-Bass, Alesis SR18 Drum Machine, Casio CTK-481 Keyboard, Alesis Q25 Midi Controller, FL Studios 9 Producer XXL Edition, Ableton Live Lite 8.......Don't really have a fav...love them all equally :)
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Believe it or not I attribute my musical love and passion to my family who loves all types and genres of music, especially my grandfather who played guitar religiously, but who really influenced me the most of all was "The Rock-afire Explosion". Because they were the best of everything I was into as a kid!!! The music was "real" and the performers behind that music were absolutely amazing as a group. You could feel the "realism", not only in the banter, but the music as well. I would sit there for hours just waiting for each show to start and the one that stood out to me the most to me was the guitar. I just remember looking and listening and thinking..."yeah, that's what I wanna do...be a musician!"
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I'm not currently in a band, though I do drift around with bands when asked to "join" them :) I've performed with mostly local artist and bands such as "Bubba and The Black Sheep" "Full Circle", "Jeff Howell and the Swinging Johnsons", Mike Hartman just to name a few. Most of whom I met by performing solo around town or introducing myself directly at one of their shows. I do currently play shows but mostly as a solo acoustic or 1 man band act in and around Central Florida.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
David Bowie, Mostly because I feel I could work very easily with someone so masterfully and amazingly talented.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
My biggest was a lil over 3,000 (HOB Orlando)....The smallest was literally the Staff at the Venue (about 6 people)...Most memorable was my first real, payed, gig I played at "Sanford Wine Company" on Jan. 15th 2010 as my Prize for taking second place in their "2009 Sanford Idol" competition.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Pink Floyd's: "The Wall". I could listen to it over and over with never tiring of doing so. I first heard it as a child in 1980 and have been in love with it ever since. I like it cause it reminds me of my mom :)