Over the years, I have built up music skills. In a nutshell, I'm primarily a drummer and a (certified) Pro Tools Operator, as my bread and butter. I'm an average guitar and bass player. I can read and write music fairly well. And, I'm a general Audio Engineering enthusiast - I love sound and acoustics and speakers and stuff. I played in several bands with really stellar, solid players and worked in the music industry a lot in Austin and LA. Ironically, I grew up with friends and family in the deaf community and still interact with them regularly - I even know enough sign language to get by in a conversation :). There's a lot to learn from them. And well, I just really was aware of my ability to hear and didn't take it for granted, from early on in my childhood. I guess I just spent time closing my eyes and listening to stuff wondering how it all worked and how it would be without it, and that led to a fascination? I don't know. But, it's connected to why I love messing with sound these days. But, anyway, those are the pertinents of my background as a music-maker.
But pertaining to the music itself... I feel like I was slower to find my sound than some cats did that I admired, growing up. I wasn't a 14-year-old prodigy or nothin', or anything like that, nor was I some virtuoso performer. I just played because I loved to play. But, I was always a studio rat and recording nut. I was a little bit of an above-average drummer that knew average stuff about recording back then (urhm.. tape.. recording, sometimes. Back in the 90's :) ). I spent years struggling to get the sound that I wanted - even after recording school. I went to school for the sole purpose of having my recording tech skills catch up with my ability to write and perform songs. But, it's quite okay. The journey has been incredible. It's only now that I'm starting to see the persistence pay off. In the years to come, I think I'll have made a few songs that will be my favorite songs (of any artist), which is kind of the goal.
During the last 10 years, day after day, mix after mix, I kept at it. I just wanted to make the mixes world-class - that was kind of the "mission", if you will - not as a pressure thing, in any way, for pursuit of money or fame or anything, but just because I want to be able to do it (like a businessman would apply to his factory manufacturing process) to apply to my core ideas and produce songs out with massive impact for the sake of (and joy of) producing songs out with massive impact. My heros did that.
I started to identify the little things that could use a little help, and some aspects that were coming out quite good in my music. And, I felt that nobody was going to make the music or mixes *for* me, and so I felt I had to deeply understand the concepts involved around what makes a good song / track / recording / performance, etc. - because I truly believe that the sound and quality of the mix has just as much impact as the writing and the performance. So, anyway, I ventured down that path of learning and I'm still on it. It's not all world-class stuff, my stuff yet, but I am on a mission to keep improving my sound to be large and a force to be reckoned with, over time. I want grammy-winning-style sound for every mix, or for them to be compared with that type of caliber / standard of writing / production / recording. That's the end goal, at least.
There's just so much that pertains to this, and I can't say it all in a few paragraphs. But part of it is the solid community and people around me that led to the conditions "in the soil" being right for growth - from practicing and recording in my Mom and Dad's basement as a boy, playing in bands with good players throughout the years, having good teachers, having support from my family, my internal interest, working in the music industry, seeing first-hand the mindset of great engineers and performers, and by watching and studying the great players of our time. I sought all of that out, and the people around me supported me on my path, and I'm grateful and thankful.
For instance, really digging in to Clyde Stubblefield's and Jabo Starks' work with James Brown and trying over and over to get that rimshot played that right way at the right angle and the snare tuned to the right tension to get close to that snare sound, and working and tuning drums in a drum shop for so long... it was essential practice. It's things like that over the years that contributed to what you're hearing here. And, people like Dennis Chabmers or Dave Weckl, and Satriani, Slash, and Vai - and the Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, BT, Nero, Dr. Dre, Skrillex, Snoop, and Kurupt (and many more over the years) - being exposed to their work had huge impact on me. It was the initial magic that has powered the momentum even until now, just trying to find which direction I want to go with my "sound".
So, in wrapping up, I'm glad that I could put a page like this together with this music. Thanks for supporting my endeavor, for listening to the music, and for stopping by the site. It's a wonderful thing to be able to have the freedom and resources and luxury to do what you love, like we do in this country at this time in the history of the world. Cheers to great-sounding recordings. Cheers to music technology. Cheers to amplifiers and speakers. Cheers to my forefathers. And, cheers to you. Peace out.