1995. Started playing with Chinese Restaurant Chopsticks and a peanut jar and had a practice pad for 2 years, before my parents discovered I could use a drum set!
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Our Lady Peace opening up for Third Eye Blind. July 21, 1998. Electric Factory.
What gear do you use?
Yamaha - Recording Custom 3 piece
Evans heads w/ DrumTacs
Zildjian Rock Nylon Tip Drumsticks
Sabian 14" Hi-Hat
2 Sabian XS 16" crashes
Meinl Ride 20"
Meinl China 16"
Pearl Demon Drive Single Pedal
Zildjian Stick Bag
Pork Pie 13X5 Little Squealer Snare
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Modern Pop Punk
musicians/bands/ all originals
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Peter Criss (KISS), Ron Welty (The Offspring), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), and Tre Cool (Green Day). When I was in 7th grade and became more serious about drums, those were the 1st 4 Drummers Who Influenced me the most.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I've been in mostly metal bands, but also Rock and Punk in Philly and NYC (which I've lived for 5 years, but i'm originally from the Philly suburbs). I've played many shows in the tri-state area.
My last band was a Punk band called, Lamplighters. I practiced with them at Surreal Sound Studios in Philadelphia, Pa. We've played since January 2013, and over 20 shows. As of March 2015, I'm no longer in that band.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Paramore!! They don't have a permanent drummer anymore after the Farro brother's left. Ilan Rubin from Nine Inch Nails did an amazing job on the self titled album from 2013. When he didn't have time to tour with them, they got some unknown Miles guy to tour with them briefly who was real good, but the golf cart accident took his spot away from them even though he got better. The guy that took his spot Aaron Gillespie from Underoath obviously doesn't seem like he wants to leave. Never was a fan of Underoath, and not a huge fan of his drumming with Paramore either. That would be a great gig to take over!
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Probably the biggest I played to was July 4, 2003 with Bullet Proof Human, before the Narberth, Pa fireworks show or December 10, 2010 with Epic Fail (now known as "Hail The Fail") in Jackson Heights/Queens, NY opening for the Iraqi Metal Band featured in the film "Heavy Metal in Baghdad", Acrassicauda. Both shows there were hundreds of people.
The Smallest I played to was with Nashama May 16, 2005 to literally 1 person.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
I always change my mind with this. Now it's Paramore's self titled album. The lyrics are inspirational to me.