I was born in Paramus, New Jersey. I had no particular interest in music until some friends introduced me to They Might Be Giants when I was 12. We would pick up inflatable instruments and jam along to Dr. Worm… and we may or may not have performed a talent show like this.
I didn’t even consider playing an actual instrument until I got to high school, where a classmate showed me that he could play Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”, after only playing for one month. I thought, “Well, if he can do it, why can’t I?” and I picked up my sister’s old Squier later that day. Music soon became a great passion of mine. After a year of practicing on my own, I joined the School of Rock where I was soon approached to join a band. The bassist was a 14-year-old Jason Basner and the two of us have been on a great musical journey together ever since then.
We began participating in jams run by the talented Dave Fields. We would get up on stage with amazing musicians and play songs we had never played or even heard before, on the spot. Once I became more comfortable on stage, I began to give singing a shot; never expecting to go far with it. But after Bas and I were having trouble finding a singer, I became more serious about singing and began practicing daily. With The Schwam, I hope to continue writing and playing music that breaks the walls between genres.
Music has become a major part of my life and I plan to become proficient in as many instruments and aspects of the music business as I can.