When Did You Start Playing Music?
When I was three I saw a violin in a music store on the corner of Rt100 in Wilmington, Vermont. I pointed to it and told my parents "I want that." They figured well he's three and he'll forget after a long car ride home. It took a year but they finally gave in 🙂 I started studying music at age 4 on violin with Claudia Tondi. Shortly thereafter I was performing regularly and made it into of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Symphony Orchestra, I was the youngest member at the time playing with high school seniors who had a decade on me. I've kept playing ever since.
My dad got me into guitar, he always played for my brother and I when we were younger and we'd sing songs together. My dad bought me my own electric guitar when I was eleven and he taught me the chords for Purple Haze. It was a white Carlo Robelli strat with a rosewood fretboard. I later studied guitar with Al Ferrante (John Mayers guitar teacher), Gary Gucci and I worked with a vocal coach as well. I've performed in bands such as Jacksons Cove, Take52, Foxglove, and Sophomore Year.
Where did You Go To College?
I graduated with a bachelors of science in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. This degree really helped me to think outside the box and figure things out. There was also an excellent music scene in the town of Potsdam, home to 3 universities and a music school. It was really the perfect town for inspiration and creativity! Several of my college friends have become active touring musicians.
How did you get into recording?
I'll have to blame my friends for this, I'd come across some really basic recording software at a young age, my friend and I figured out how to add voiceovers to animations we made in 5th grade and when it came time to record demos for my bands I was the one who made it happen. My early recordings were the same as every amateur, I hated how they sounded and I didn't want to just settle with a mediocre sound even for a demo to get a gig at a bar, I wanted to get the sound of the band's I listened to, those Chris Lord Alge mixes! and so began the ultimate quest to achieve that real "record" sound.
What is your favorite album?
This is a tough question but I have say one of my favorite albums is Green Day's "Dookie", I remember the first time I heard it when it came out on cassette tape and thinking "what the heck is this? hmm this is actually pretty good!". I remember more than a decade ago working at a summer job with my dad and hearing this guy who didn't know a single word of english humming along to Green Day, that was an inspiring moment. A melody so powerful that someone who couldn't understand the words, understood the music. Music is incredibly powerful and important to our lives and that's why I love it!
What is your favorite genre?
I went through phases growing up listening to different genre's and artists over and over and ooooover until my family couldn't stand it. My friends really opened the doors to the types of the music I listen to. I have too many favorites in every genre from classical to rap to pop to rock to metal to list out. I've recorded mixed and mastered all kinds of music, even music from other countries in languages I don't understand. I've developed the ability to see the potential when I hear a song and really translate that into something listeners want to hear.