I was always fascinated by music and guitars in particular. I started playing guitar seriously at the age of 13 using a Teisco Del Rey EP-7. I wore it out along with a stack of my parents Hendrix, Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Who records in my first year of study. I upgraded to a Saga ST-20 kit guitar which I wore out with even more Hendrix and Zeppelin albums, as well as the early works of Van Halen, and records by Jeff Beck, Roy Buchanan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the three "Kings" of blues guitar and the Police. At this same time I was a fan of the punk and post punk styles of the day, especially the more musical end of the movement. I began writing songs, with artists like X, the Clash, the Beatles and Bob Dylan becoming seminal influences. By the time I was 17 I had graduated toa real Fender Strat. I began playing in clubs at the age of 20 and never stopped. I have been in a number of bands over the years, and have covered a broad array of styles, including World Beat, Psychedellic Punk, Funk, Hardcore Punk, Blues, Power Pop, Americana, Roots Rock, and a whole lot of hard rock.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Eric Clapton in I think it was 81 at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium with my dad. Ry Cooder was the opener and HE was what was memorable. That and the smell of pot.
What gear do you use?
1965 Fender Stratocaster highly stressed Shoreline Gold, "Les Paul Goldtop" finished 1961/66 Gibson/Alembic Les Paul/SG Special modded with Duncan pickups, Tregan Syren Standard in Dragonburst, 1965 Fender Princeton Reverb and sundry fuzztones and other primitive stomp boxes. My favorite axe is my Strat but the key to my sound is that amp.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
I'd love to hear some new sounds and check out bands it would make sense to play on the same bill with.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
John Lennon was my hero because he was the greatest songwriter with the greatest band and had the most influence of any human being on Earth. I also venerated Jimi Hendrix for his virtuosity and Jimmy Page for his mystique, compositional genius and willingness to go for it.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I am currently a member of Grub Dog and the Amazing Sweethearts on lead guitar. which gives me an annual dose of playing americana and alt. country along with my customary rock and roll. I also am a founding member and the principal songwriter with Sacramento California's Blossom Rock, a band that plays Americana and Doom tinged hard rock that we sometimes call "Blackened Americana". Blossom Rock was founded out of my desire to have a musical project when the Sweethearts aren't playing and morphed into a much harder rock band with that addition of Sonic Punisher Bill Hunting on Drums, joining myself, Paul Stanley Niklewicz on Bass and pound for pound the hardest rocking singer in American music, Tara Elizabeth. Tara and I write the original material and we don't play many covers. Blossom Rock performs regularly locally and is looking to play all over the West Coast as soon as we finish our demo/ep. I have been in a number of bands over the years. Some noteworthy projects of mine were: New World Primitive (world beat and alternative), The Blue Limes (Psychedellic Punk/Metal), the Kramdens (now AKA Kramdens Sacramento, Alternative and Power Pop), The Grotto (Power Pop/Sacpop and Post Punk), and the Anton Barbeau International Band (Anton music).
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
If it could be anyone in history, John Coltrane. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try to have a musical conversation with the greatest sax player in history.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Plkanet Waves by Bob Dylan. The songs are al fantastic and every note any member of the Band plays on the whole record is absolutely heart rending.