Although I play a number of musical instruments, I don't define myself as a musician. I'm more of a sound experimenter, sound artist, or "noisician". It started for me when I first gained access to cassette and open reel tape recorders, as a kid in the late 60s and early 70s. I've been recording and performing more "seriously" since the early 80s.
What gear do you use?
I use homemade instruments, found objects, electronics, toys, broken equipment and appliances, turntables/vinyl, tapes, CDs and other recordings, computer (no laptop), voice, guitar (acoustic and electric), electric bass, synths (hardware and software), drums and percussion, anything that can be made to produce sound, and the occasional "personal massage device".
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
I have an enormous list of influences and it's constantly growing, which I think is a good thing. I always used to put Nurse With Wound and The Residents at the top of my list but I find these days I'm a lot less willing to prioritize in that way. The artists at the top of my list now change on a daily basis.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Too many bands/projects! Here are a few: Six Heads, Songs of the New Erotics, M.Stactor, Th W rbl r, Third-Eye Tractor, Urban Refuse Group, Ex Oblivione, Wax Infant, Conspiracy Of Familiar Objects, Sen/Son, Gastric Female Reflex, Phycus, Puppet Government, etc. I've also collaborated with numerous musicians and bands including Paul Dutton (CCMC), Nihilist Spasm Band, irr.app.(ext.), Nurse With Wound, Thomas Carnacki, Aidan Baker, MSBR, Government Alpha, Eddie Prevost (AMM), Neighborhood Public Radio, Alan Bloor (Knurl), Monty Cantsin, Robert Dayton (Canned Hamm, July Fourth Toilet), Zev Asher (Nimrod, Roughage), Steve Tittle, Michael Snow (CCMC), Johannes Bergmark, Phil Morton, Bohman Brothers, Paul Shearsmith (Echo City), Tony Wren, Paul Hood, Moe Staiano, Stan Reed (Blue Sabbath, Black Cheer), Nobuo Kubota, Martin Tetrault, etc.