I started playing guitar in 1985 when I was 15. I've been in a ton of bands since I was 16. I've mostly played in punk rock bands in the San Diego area since 1987. Presently, I'm writing and recording my originals in my home studio and also doing covers of songs I love and putting them up on You Tube, ReverbNation, and sites like Fandalism.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Dire Straits 85', Worcester MA, with some buddies from high school. Cool old theatre and Money for Nothing and your chicks for free.
What gear do you use?
1998 Gibson Les Paul Standard modded with JB Seymour Duncans, Brian Setzer signature Gretsch, Jeff Beck signature Fender Strat modded with Nordstrand NVS hot overwound pickups and Callaham tremolo block and string saddles, Randall Diavlo Head and Cab, Mesa Boogie Mark V Mini Head and Cab, Tim Armstrong Fender signature acoustic, Fender Precision Bass modded with Leo Quan Badass II bridge and Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders, 2011 Charvel So Cal Hot Rod, Blackstar ID Core 40, Blackstar HT-5R and cab, Fender Mustang Floor, MXR Modified O.D., Tangerine, Ibanez SWX 35 bass amp, Rode NTK mic, Auident ID22 audio interface, Purrrfect Audio Pro Studio Computer Golden Age Zen Pro Mod Pre73, Presonus Sceptre S6 Monitors, Avantone Mono-BLOK Active MixCube Single Self Powered Mix Cube Monitor, M-Audio Oxygen 61 midi keyboard
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Pussy, JK I'm happily married.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
The Clash, the only band that matters.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Been in tons of punk rock bands. Have played many shows, opened for some big acts including the Ramones and the Business. Have played a great deal of the clubs, bars and dives in the San Diego and North County areas. Some of the bands I've been in as follows: The ReUnion, The Union, The Giant Burritos, Stress Test, Tripe, LSD26, The Stilettos, The New American Mob, and Marshall Law.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Tim Armstrong, because he's only the most prolific poet songwriter of present day. He's basically the Bob Dylan of my generation.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Probably The Bachannal in San Diego, CA when I opened for the Ramones in 1988 with my punk band the Giant Burritos. Probably 500 hundred or more in the crowd. The smallest? Shit, alot of gigs it was the bartender, a slut and a dog.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Sandanista by the Clash. Heard it for the first time in 1988. Triple album with amazing songwriting, lyrics, meaning, cool, soul, heart and musicianship. Plenty of great songs for the island.