How long have you been playing?
I don't remember ever not singing or something I don't remember my age, but I was quite young when I started piano lessons. It was 3rd grade when they stuck a trumpet in my hands, sixth grade when I put it down no tone! Also 6th grade I began singing in the school choir. Also late 6th grade I started teaching myself drums, along with a neighbor, on our own, outside of school. In high school I started fiddling with Harmonica, but didn't get serious about the instrument 'til years later. Around 1997 An Ol' friend of the family dropped an Ol' square-neck slide guitar on me, so i started fiddling w/that too. In 2000 I took the drums back up after a ten year hiatus from them. In 2007 or 8 standard guitar. Been a member of "Blues Cadillac" since its inception, around ten years, as of this writing. I'm also a founding member of "The Bornia Boys" 5 years now. Both bands I play Harmonica along with some lead & backup vocals. Member of "Blue Muse" 4 years, drums & some vocals.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I don't remember everyone in my immediate family played an instrument. So it was probably to see a family member's gig of some kind. They had these "talent" shows at my parents church. When I was a kid the family went to see the "Black Watch" Scottish marching Bagpipe band at Winterland up in SF! Then the first British Invasion hit changing my life forever So aside from attending school dances in 7th & 8th grade with bands made up of other kids in my age group. The first pro Pop Concert I ever bought tickets for and attended without adult supervision was dare I say it? (Drum roll please!) "Chad & Jeremy" (Hey! I had a good time so sue me!) at the Los Altos High School main gym. But to show how fast things changed the next year I attended my second pro concert in the same location the "Santana Blues Band" opening for "Quicksilver Messenger Service!" That concert had a huge impact on my personal development, because soon after I was drumming in my second band. & that band ended up playing allot of Santana, & Quicksilver material I finally got up to the Fillmore West after I turned 18, 3 months before it closed. I saw "J. Geils" (first time on the west coast) open for "Johnny Winter" great show!!! After that, all hell broke loose, I was up to Winterland every other month, Days on the Green, many clubs around the bay area, free concerts at Litton Plaza in Palo Alto, etc. etc. etc. Live music has been a major part of my life But now days I'll go to a jam, or gig before I go see a concert Maximum participation when I get to play= maximum fun! And you can't do better then that! Hey what can I say! I love to play!
What gear do you use?
Generally whatever I've been able to afford when I was looking to buy So my drum kit is a mutt a 1973 Slingerland white 4 piece, 12", 13" & 16" toms, & 22" bass, with a late 60's early 70's vintage Rodgers 12'x 6" Dynasonic Snare, Tamma & Pearl hardware, a Speed King bass drum pedal, Zildjian cymbals, 20" Ping Ryde, 18" Ryde Crash, New Beat hi-hat cymbals, all medium thickness, & a Pasti 10" splash, with a Zildjian cymbal & stick bag & a cow bell, Road Runner cases. I'm cool with either Pro Mark or Vic Firth sticks I used to use Pro Mark American Hickory 5B or 7A size, but recently I seem to have switched to Vic Firth Extreme 5AN, & I also use Hot Rods, I used to run Remo heads, but have recently switched to Evans. For Harmonica now days I use Hohner Special 20, 4 of them have been custom tuned etc. by Mark Irwin. But over the years I have also used Hohner, Blues Harps, Marine Band, Golden Melody, Big River, Peidmont, & Lee Oskar's. I have 2 1976 dual impedance cartridge, re-pop, Sure Geen Bullet Mics, One I custom painted, & the other I had worked on by BlowsMeAway Productions, I also run their Inline Volume Pot. An 18" long tweed guitar chord, into a Boss DD-3 Digital Delay, into a Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb, Into my 1997 re-pop Tweed Fender 59 Bassman amp w/4 10" speakers. I jumper both channels. I have a Peavy amp for a backup & sometimes guitar amp. I mike my amp w/a Shure SM57. My mic stand is of big band vintage, that I painted flames & pinstriped the bass of. On that I mount a "Quick Lock" tray that I put my custom built Harmonica Cases By Steve Friedrich "Busted Lifter Leathers" on. Also an Atlas mic stand clamp with a mic clip screwed in to it that holds my Green Bullet when I need to set it down. I run a boom with a Shure 55SH Series II mic for vocals. I pack all my harmonica flotsam & jetsam into an Anvil Case, a vintage tweed suitcase, and an old briefcase. For guitars my Square Neck is a cheep Ol' Reagal of unknown vintage. My acoustic is a $5.00 garage sale Windser arch top vintage 1940's, appraised @ a whopping $100.00, it dose the job. My first electric is a Jedson of unknown vintage I picked up for $100.00 in 1976, pinstriped the hell out of it. It stays in tune but after I use it to learn the basics on I realized the tone just sux for Blues or "Classic Rock" but is OK for jazz. Next I'm going to set it up as a dedicated slide guitar. So recently I picked up my $108.00 Fender Squire Strat that I love! Feel tone etc. is all there!!! At home when I'm practicing I'll use my mid 1970's vintage lil' Pignose amp turned up all the way, with a Tube Screamer a friend lent me, & my Boss RV-5 pedal control the volume w/the Strat. Surprisingly the tone isn't all that bad, & it doesn't seem to bother the whoever is at home, or the neighbors! So that's my load of tools to herd sound through but the most important instrument is your mind, & your ear, & your listening ability, & trusting your gut! When you play with others listen too them! It's not just about what your going to play to wow the audience, you're collaborating, even your solos need to fit! Tame your ego, don't suppress it, but tame it!!! Acknowledge that you're sharing the stage with others, & an all important audience is out there too, & it's not just all about "Rock Star" You!!! In my experience with that mind set everyone has way much more fun that way! Including you!!! & again, the ever important, not as much fun to do it without them Audience!
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Not sure yet
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
In no particular order "BB" (before the Beatles) My grand parents on my Mothers side had an Ol' wind-up record player, we called "The Old Edison." Along with that came a big collection of John Phillips Sousa marching band recordings. My older brother & parents mostly played Classical, or Big Band music on the family record player. We had "Kids" records that many kids in the 1950's had (How Much Is That Doggie In The Window, etc.). Music you'd see on TV, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, The Walt Disney Show, Animated Cartoon sound tracks, The Ed Sullivan Show, Movie & TV show theme songs/sound tracks, "The Folk Scare" of the late 1950's/early 60's, Hymns in church ect., etc., etc. Then "The Beatles" hit!!!, & my musical life has never been the same since!!! Many of the following musical influences preceded the Beatles, but I wasn't hipped to them until after that earth shaking event opened my ears, & eyes. Thus "AB" (after the Beatles) Along with them came The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Kinks, Dave Clark Five, Spencer Davis Band, The Zomies, Them, Yard Birds, The Mad World Of Arthur Brown, The Who, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Monkees, The Kingsmen, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, The Tornados, the many Instrumental "Hotrod" & Surf Bands , Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Booker-T & the MGs, Chuck Berry & Johnny Johnson, Bo Diddley, Lil' Richard, Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lowis, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Jakie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Roy Orbison, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, The Righteous Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Deon Warwick, The Coasters, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lead Belly, Blind Willie Johnson, Johnny Guitar Watson, Ellmore James, Howllin' Wolf, Jimmie Reed, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Albert King, BB King, Freddy King, Albert Collins, George Harmonica Smith, Jr. Wells, Rice Miller, Big Walter Horton, Lil' Walter, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Big Momma Thornton, Lil' Jr. Parker, Johnny, & Shuggie Otis, The Stax Records Artists, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Spooky Tooth, Gary Wright, Quick Silver Messenger Service, Carlos Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & the Fish, Sons of Champlin, It's a Beautiful Day, Iron Butterfly, Creedence Clearwater Revival, H.P. Lovecraft, Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks, Cold Blood, Tower Of Power, King Fish, Sly & The Family Stone, Parliament, The Tubes, Ruth Brown, Charles Brown, Blind Reverend Gary Davis, David Bromberg, Roy Bookbinder, Taj Mahal, Vassar Clements, Leo Kottke, John Fayhe, Ry Cooder, Dwane Allman, Lowell George, Warren Haynes, Derrick Trucks, Roy Rogers, Norton Buffalo, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, James Gang, Joe Walsh & Barnstorm, The Eagles, Tommy Bolin, Janis Joplin, The Doors, The Youngbloods, Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Long John Baldry, Savoy Brown, Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Yes, Procol Harum, Cream, Traffic, Blindfaith, Pink Flyod, The Band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Lee Oskar, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Ray, & Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kim Willson, Lonnie Mack, Johnny, & Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Humble Pie, Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Lou Reed, Heart, The Allman Brothers, Little Feet, J. Geils Band, Canned Heat, War, Osibisa, The Paladins, Dixie Dregs, Jo Jo Gunne, Spirit, Randy California, Jay Ferguson, Ed Cassidy, John Mayall, Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Steve Morse, Mick Taylor, Robin Trower, Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell Rush, Tom petty, the Police, Blues Brothers, Dire Straights, Tom Waits, The Boss, Keb Mo etc, etc, etc, Heard them all mostly through AM & FM Radio & my own record then CD collection still finding & adding more year by year get the picture the music I love most is music that has the Blues as it's strongest root! Plus some Jazz, Folk, Blue Grass, Country, Big Band, Pop, Marching Band, Classical, Hip Hop, Reggae, Techno, Progressive, Punk, Grunge, Rock-a-Billie. In short, everybody I've ever listened to, friend, or pro!
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I have been in several. About two Garage Bands as the lead singer, Five as the drummer, two blowing harp. I've been in three Gigging, South SF Bay Area, CA, Bands! A founding member Blues Cadillac, now into our tenth year. We've played all around the South Bay, as well as the Redwood City Blues Festival. I'm also a founding member of the Bornia Boys into our fourth year Played all around the South Bay, & the Monterey Bay Blues Festival three times, got voted in buy the audience twice! Our first CD "Takin' The High Road" is now complete, & available on CDBaby! &/or come check us out at a gig, & pick up a T-Shirt, &/or CD!
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Anyone in tune, with chops, who listens, & doesn't treat other musicians like Dog Crap!
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Smallest was just me alone in my room but I did do a gig in front of just two people once, Biggest have been the Redwood City, & Monterey Bay Blues Festivals the respectively.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Jimi Hendrix's first album "Are You Experienced" But I'd rather drown then to be stuck with only one recording to listen too! lol! I like so much music!
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