I started "entertaining" as a small child. I remember dancing on the coffee table singing "Hound Dog" by Elvis in the 70's. Our father was a guitarist and my mother a piano player. We had many family nights filled with music where we would all sing along with our parents. They were some of the most memorable moments in my life and it is where I formed my love for music.
I spend my teenage years behind a pencil and paper writing poetry and small stories. I also began to draw a lot of cartoon imagery and soon had a great love for art in general. Entertaining was only something I did to make friends laugh or make a girl smile. But I knew inside that music was what I wanted to do when I turned 14 and "jammed" with my brother Gary (guitarist) and his friends in Lamesa Texas. I had always seen my brother Arty playing guitar and I knew he was in a band called White Cross in Oklahoma, I wanted to be just like my brothers. So I joined a band as soon as I could when I moved to San Antonio Texas.
Since that time I have had the great honor of performing with awesome musicians in my bands (Revelations - Thin Ice - Judge Mental - Pinch and Lokey) Together we opened for the biggest bands on Earth from 1990 - present day.
It is a great priviledge to be a aprt of it all and I look forward to making more music as time goes on.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
First band I ever saw? My brothers band White Cross at a trailer park in Lawton Oklahoma. The first national band I ever saw was Def Leppard with John Butcher Axes and Heaven in Lubbock Texas with my brother Gary. I remember all of it.
What gear do you use?
RODE microphones (studio) SHURE SM96 (live) Tascam DP-01FX Digital Porta Studio (Songwriting)
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
In my youth I liked easy listening, funk and disco. (I listened to disco when disco was actually "cool") ... Parliment Funkadelic, Brothers Johnson, Gap Band, Sugarhill Gang, Kool and the Gang, Rick James etc etc.. In my early teens I LOVED music by Queen, Triumph, Deep Purple, KISS, Van Halen etc etc.. In my later teens it was ALL ABOUT Metallica, Exodus, Slayer, Judas Priest, Anthrax, Megadeth, Celtic Frost etc etc.. and NOW...? I like almost anything that isn't Country, Boypop, the new "rap" music etc etc etc...
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
BIGGEST: La Semana - San Antonio (my band Judge Mental with Fight "featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest" and Budgie) 12,000 people... MOST MEMORABLE: Korn and Disturbed at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (with my band Lokey on the Pop Sucks Tour 2002)
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Led Zepplin - Physical Grafitti First heard it in my early teens in Oklahoma. It is a great album, simply put, it's timeless.