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. I also learned some other valuable life lessons, like that emo really is just a phase, hair does best when regularly washed, and that I personally find jeans to be most comfortable when they aren’t skin tight. But to each their own.
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 first band could be classified as screamo. That’s emo with some screaming to keep it simple for those of you that don’t know. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, the time frame was 2002-2006 and we listened to a lot of Senses Fail, Saosin, and Finch.
• 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, Against Me!, and the Foo Fighters record “Concrete and Gold.”