Many years, but I am actually a Professor of Molecular Biology. At nine years old - played concert bass in orchestra; at thirteen- started playing percussion in a band, then in rock bands; at sixteen, taught myself guitar, keyboards, others; at 50, started building guitars.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first major concert was in 1966 (July 21st), Portland, Oregon, went with a friend's family, Rolling Stones (with Brian Jones). They were a great band even then!
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Just some honest feedback on my songs and recordings.
What gear do you use?
Analog and digital drums (trap set, congas, bongos, other percussion instruments), about 20 guitars (acoustic, electric, bass), banjo, ukulele, some that I built, electronic keyboard, record on my Mac. My favorites are my drums, and a Samich (Greg Bennett model) acoustic/electric 6-string (very easy to play).
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
The Beatles (especially Lennon); Rolling Stones; Bob Dylan; Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; Elton John; Pink Floyd; the Who. Mainly heard about them from friends and family, as well as radio.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I am my own band now. I was in bands from about 7th grade through part of high school. Nothing since then. I am more of a songwriter than a performer.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Probably Roger Waters. He is innovative and interesting. A very good song writer and producer.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Largest audience was probably about 100 people, although we played in a parade on a flatbed truck once, where there were hundreds along the parade route. Smallest - just a few.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
The Wall (Pink Floyd). Second in line would be either Beethoven's 5th or the 9th symphony.