I began my drumming journey in 1998, when I received a pair of drumsticks from my aunt for Christmas. After I had proved to my parents my commitment by ruthlessly beating their couch every day, they signed me up for 5th grade band, with private drum lessons soon to follow.
I started my first band in the 8th grade and played with them up until my senior year of high school. I learned a lot from that band. The recording and performing experience they provided gave me a solid foundation to build upon. I knew that drumming was what I wanted to do, and I decided to pursue it.
After high school I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I was fortunate to be able to study with many world-class drummers and educators and to play in bands with other musicians who felt the same way about music that I did. I majored in Professional Music with a concentration in Performance and Private Studio Teaching, and I graduated with a BA in 2011.
I began teaching professionally after I graduated, as well as pursuing projects that excited and pushed me. The most notable of those was a metal band called Numbers and an indie folk/pop band called Hey Marseilles. I appear on Numbers’ self-titled EP as well as their full-length album “Three,” and I appear on Hey Marseilles’ debut full-length album “To Travels & Trunks.” I also spent part of 2016 touring the country with Hey Marseilles.
In 2017 my wife and I decided to move to San Diego, and here we are.
Some other things you should know about me:
• Travis Barker was and still is my biggest drumming influence. If you haven’t heard his work with Blink-182 (“Enema of the State” and on), Box Car Racer, or Goldfinger (“The Knife”), I highly suggest you check it out.
• My appreciation for metal music began in college and started with Killswitch Engage’s “The End of Heartache” album, and really took off once I heard a band called August Burns Red. Other bands I listened to that influenced me were Between The Buried And Me, Periphery, and Animals As Leaders.
• My favorite bands/albums currently are Blink-182 (with Travis drumming), Box Car Racer, Goldfinger’s newest record “The Knife,” Incubus, Beartooth, Against Me!, Finch’s album “Say Hello To Sunshine,” and the Foo Fighters record “Concrete and Gold.”