I started playing way back around the 6th/7th grade. I am mostly self taught although I have taken lessons. I prefer learning things by ear, and I continually create new compositions for guitar, although I also write my own lyrics. I use a lot of alternate tunings, most I discovered on my own. I use a variety of techniques on guitar, including the rasqueado technique from flamenco and tapping from fingerstyle. I am always playing, writing, and creating more music.
What gear do you use?
I have a 12 string Takamine & Co. from the late 1970's with what I believe is Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. My current guitars in use are a Lag Tramontagne Nylon string guitar (TN66ACE), as well as a Hohner Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric. I also use a Boss RC-3 Loop Pedal for some compositions including Traffic Jam.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
I'm looking to share my music with all whom have an ear to perk, who want to hear something new and different. I also want to be able to see new and interesting music, and from a level that is not just viewable from the TV screen. I believe a strong community of musicians is a mutually beneficial one.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
My biggest musical Influences include fingerstyle guitarists like Michael Hedges, Andy Mckee, Trace Bundy, Antoine Dufour etc. I also like singer-songwriters like Jack Johnson and Amos Lee. I also grew up listening to a myriad of rock bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripes, Tool, The Foo Fighters.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Right now I am in a band called Socorro. I am their lead guitarist, and I also provide some vocals. We play Hard/Light Rock music, and are currently working on our originals. As we work on those, we will start to find our sound. We do covers as well, of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Jackie Greene, etc. etc. etc. Pretty much anything that sounds good to us.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I could jam really with anyone who has a good sense of musicality and plays any sort of instrument. If I could pick anyone to jam with specifically though, perhaps Peppino D'Agostino or Antoine Dufour or even Tommy Emmanuel.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The biggest audience I've ever performed for was probably the Wild Mountain Faire (2012) up here in the Mountains of Butte County, in a community called Concow. This was the fifth year of the Music Festival, and it was a priveledge to get to play there, and I got quite a few gigs and opportunities because of it. I still can't believe that I got to play a music festival, and at age 18!
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
I would bring Michael Hedges' Post-Humous album, "Beyond Boundaries". I have yet to hear his other albums fully, besides Taproot (I only own the two at this time), but for now I would definitely bring album. I first heard it years ago, when my Mother's coworker mentioned Micheal Hedges to her to show to me. His music has influenced me ever since I first laid ears on his beautiful melodies, his interesting song stucture, his overall compositional genius, and Beyond Boundaries encompasses his awesome musical spirit.