Indiana, planet Earth
When did you
first get to the Sea to Sky region, and what brought you here?
I came to Whistler
late summer of 2003 to play the Zoophorous Festival with San Francisco
funk/rock/fusion group Global Funk. I fell in love with a crazy Whistler girl
and got tired of bumming around in a van with three other headstrong musicians.
In fall of ’04, I moved to the most beautiful, inspiring place I've ever seen.
instrument of choice (a.k.a. what do you play)?
Guitar. I also
play drums, bass, percussion and vocals.
How were you
introduced to music?
When my parents
first brought me home, they put me between their stereo speakers and bombarded
my ears with the best music of the ’60s and early ’70s. A few years down the
road I picked up tennis rackets and rocked along to all that terrible early
’80s casio pop. When I was about nine years old, my grandfather passed on
his old electric guitar and Fender amp. I began worshipping the guitar gods,
Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Clapton, Santana. My high school exposed me to jazz
and I slowly warmed up to swing rhythms and sophisticated harmony. Then I
started checking out James Brown and got my jones for the funk. I had a
three-piece band in high school that played rock covers and some
originals. We played some bar gigs and then I would sit in with some of
the local blues bands. I always had a huge passion for playing lead guitar and
a thirst for playing soulful, mind blowing shit. I still love it, but I also
like to just groove. I did the music school thing and was extremely
fortunate to study with Garaj Mahal guitarist Fareed Haque, who cut out the
bullshit and taught me what I
to know. I've played
with fantastic musicians over the years and always absorb as much as I can.
How do you
describe your sound?