1975 Alvarez Steel-string acoustic,
2008 Shecter C-1 FR,
Line 6 Spider IV HD150 head,
Line 6 4x12 cab.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Growing up, I was always into heavy stuff. I remember at age 9-10, I listened to Pantera's album, "The Great Southern Trendkill", religiously. I've listened to all kinds of different artists' that helped pave the way leading to different musical interests. From big time mainstream musicians, to my local hometown friends. Everyone is on there own musical journey, if you love and feed from the music, the sounds alone will influence you to create more than you could ever imagine.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I've been in one serious band with a few really great friends. It was a metal band that we started when we were 18, playing out of a homemade garage in a very small town. We created just a handful of songs, and we set out and played some shows. We haven't played consistently for a long time, but we still write and play music together. It's fun shit when we let it be. The band was called Beneath the Veil.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
The musicians that I jam with from my hometown. I've had the opportunity to sit back, jam, and talk about music with a lot of cool people. There's always a growing number of people picking up an instrument, and people that I have yet to jam with. If I had to choose someone that I don't know, and that has already created a career for themselves.. It would have to be Antoine Dufour. He's a Canadian fingerstyle-acoustic guitarist signed to Candyrat Records.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The first time Beneath the Veil played in St. Louis.. It may have been one of our best show's also. We were in the 3rd spot our of 4 bands, and the there really wasn't a whole lot of people for the bands before us. So me and the guys went back stage for a bit, smoked, fucked around, whatever.. and we get our stuff set up and walk out of stage and the whole fucking place was packed. Front to back, with people screaming, ready for us to start. When the first note hit, that place fucking came down, it was insane. We finish our set and go out to smoke, where all the people were.. And everybody instantly started cheering and clapping whenever we walked out there. I had all kinds of random people coming up and wanting to hang out with us, I felt like a rockstar that day. I loved it.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?