I am in the band Wayside Drive as well as a minor theory. I also do visual art and some design work. I was born in Austin, TX and grew up in Houston, TX. I used to each Chap Stick as a child. That doesn’t really pertain to anything. I’m just throwing it out there.
I started to realize that I might have an artist inclination when I was probably about 8 (around the time I was eating Chap Stick. Suddenly it’s all becoming clearer). I was at summer camp and the instructor gave us all cardboard frogs and asked us to paint them. I painted mine black with multi-colored polka-dots. I won the Art ribbon at the end of camp. It was the proudest moment in my life. Then in the 8th grade I took one of those tests that graphically displayed which side of the brain you’re stronger in. The right side was pretty much black. The left side had a tiny smidgen of a bar, just enough to justify me still retaining that part of my brain. My art teacher was a bit shocked since I spent most of my time drawing Comic Book characters and penciling an “F” in front of the “Art Class” sign on the door.
I began my illustrious career in music when my parents bought me my first guitar. It was a BC Rich Warlock model. The brand was made popular by such great acts as Lita Ford and Slayer. Not bad elbows to be rubbing with aye? Ok so maybe it is. The guitar was purple. Yup, my first guitar was a purple heavy metal guitar that had so many points on it you could kill a man with it 5 ways. Once I reached High School I realized that the heavy metal lifestyle was not for me and I made the next natural progression. I wanted to be the next Simon & Garfunkle. Stop laughing, I’m serious.
After graduating from High School my parents gave me the next most important gift that I’ve ever received and it had nothing to do with purple-metal-awesomeness. It was a Tascam 4 Track recorder. It was all downhill from there…
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