With MEINL since:
November 16, 1986
Place of birth:
Currently living in:
a Ford E-350, and sometimes Lancaster, PA
Favorite MEINL cymbal:
I was eleven years old. I played snare drum for the elementary school band. However, my music history goes back farther than that. I've been a musician since age four, starting on the Cello.
Car that you currently drive:
2003 Chrysler Sebring Lxi ( Black )
Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:
Recording bands at Atrium Audio, Video games! PS3, XBox360, and the only game you'll ever need on PC/Mac - Star Craft II! Sight seeing ( grand canyon, monuments/hotspots etc. ) when I travel.
Thai, Japanese, Spanish
I had various instructors in grade school for snare/marching snare, but when it comes to full kit I'm self taught.
Highlight of your career so far:
Working with Chris Adler and Josh Wilbur on my latest album "Haunt What's Left." I couldn't be more proud of anything I've ever worked on.
Polyrhythm, Limb Separation, Getting in that "pocket" and Stick Tricks for fun.
Drumming means to me:
Drumming is the backbone of music. I've always listened to music for the beat. I find myself constantly missing lyrical content because I'm paying more attention to how the percussive elements fit in with the melodic elements.
Advice for up and coming drummers:
Consistency is key. You can sound design with compression and gates, but nothing is better than a good clean sound from the source. Playing to a metronome is also a big deal to me. Last, play with confidence. Noone likes to watch a drummer that doesn't look/sound comfortable where he/she is. Consistency, Metronome, and Confidence.
How would you describe yourself:
I have a goal for other people to see me as the nicest guy they'll ever meet. However, I'm a brain smarts guy, not social smarts. I often get mis-interpreted because I keep my end of the conversation as logical and factual as possible, but I mean nothing but the best!
When I look back on my life one day, I would like to be able to say:
That I never held back, and achieved everything I wanted to without hesitating. I hope that I have provided the most positive experience for everyone around me. All in all, I just wanna be a solid dude.