I started playing music in elementary school, (viola,sax). Then at age 13 I took up the guitar and got lessons from a friend at first, then started to take lessons from a music teacher at 14. I've had 4 years of guitar lessons and 2 years of theory. I taught myself to play drums at 18 and later drummed for my first band, Strange Kindness. When they broke up, the guitar player/singer and I formed D.O.S.E. (Demigods of Supernatural Ecstacy). At the same time, I also formed the punk band Vacufeliak with Roe on drums and me on guitar. Vac played for 4 years then Roe joined up with D.O.S.E. to form Ganjical Visit where I switched to playing bass. I also write and record music with my side project, Noble Rot. OIE was born when Ben and Steve teamed up with Roe and I in August of 2003.
Black Sabbath, Slayer, Pantera, Tool, Rush, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Fugazi, Hypocrisy, Deftones, Opeth, ISIS, Anthrax, Bad Brains, Melvins, Kiss, Converge, Entombed, Daemon, Neurosis, Nirvana,Radiohead, Sublime, Refused, SNOT, Dissection, Konkhra, David Bowie, Bob Marley And The Wailers, System Of A Down, At The Drive-in, Failure, Year Of The Rabbit, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Stanford Prison Experiment, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Tea Party, Dog Fashion Disco, At The Gates, The Velvet Underground, The Jesus Lizard, Alice In Chains, Brian Wilson, John Williams, The Haunted, Dinosaur Jr., Machine Head, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, The Sex Pistols, Sonic Youth, Rotting Christ, Killing Joke, Butthole Surfers, Sepultura, Dead Horse, Glassjaw, Neil Young, Pavement, The Police, Rollins Band, Iron Maiden, Canvas Solaris, Heaven Shall Burn, Arsis, Testament, Polkadot Cadaver, Behold... The Arctopus, Benea Reach, Unsane, Porcupine Tree, Don Caballero, High On Fire, Pelican, Between The Buried And Me, Baroness, Jimi Hendrix.
Influences: Timothy Leary, Bruce Lee, J.D. Salinger, Salvador Dahli, John Waters, Gary Oldman, Howard Stern, Anthony Burgess.
Preferences: Solitude & SLOW DEATH
"NOTHING IS SACRED, AND NO ONE IS ABOVE SCRUTINY, EVEN YOUR MAKER"
"TRUE EVIL BEARS A CROSS"
"FRIENDSHIPS ARE OVERRATED"
"FEAR = CONSUMPTION"