MUSIC

MUSIC OVERVIEW

Even before I got into skateboarding in 1976 I was intrigued by music. Being the youngest of three older brothers and a sister, I pretty much grew up listening to what they were into in the early 70's. It ranged from Elton John to The Eagles to the Beatles. My mom says singing in front of the fire place was one of my favorite things to do when I was 10 years old, so I guess I was destined to be an entertainer in one way or another​.

In 1978 I was first introduced to the rock & roll sounds of AC/DC, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick from friends at the skate parks. It wasn't until 1982, my senior year in high school, that I finally took up an interest in playing a musical instrument, the bass guitar. At that time I was heavily into the LA, Orange County hardcore punk scene and I wanted to start a band with my skate friends but didn't know how to play a single note. I was basically self-taught and learned how to play bass on my own. Listening to the sounds of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Adolescents and JFA in my bedroom. Within only six months, I had formed a band, helped write some songs, played a few shows and in a studio recording our first 6 song E.P under the band name...The Faction!

Over the years I learned how to play the guitar as well, toured the US with The Faction twice, screened

my own band shirts, produced albums and CD's, and even recorded and mixed my own solo projects on a home 4 & 8 track studio. Plus I'd gone on to form other bands such as Odd Man Out, Shovelhead and Soda. While touring on the Vans Warped Tour for six years I had the opportunity to join and play with such acts as Goldfinger, Millencolin, MxPx, Blink 182 and Pennywise.

Music has always been my second love to skateboarding, its been a great avenue to express myself in another creative way. I didn't get into music because I felt that I would someday become a rock star, I just wanted to play. So by keeping that same mentality towards music like I've done with skateboarding over the years, its been nothing but fun and exciting experiences along the whole journey!

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