I've been a guitarist for about 10 years now. My parents basically forced me to learn an instrument. My father taught me how to play the guitar and chose most of the songs at first, so I was basically learning the music of his time. So for me it was Rush, Metallica, Moxy, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, and my personal favorite, Savatage. He also taught me very basic music theory, which helped me to understand how to tear apart a song I was learning by ear so I could learn it faster.
I later decided to get serious about guitar and picked up learning then entire Savatage album "Gutter Ballet". A few months later I picked up a tape recorder and started recording the little snippets of music I began writing.
When I turned 17 I acquired a broken computer and fixed it. I digitized most of my early recordings and began to record new material using cheap audio editors and no knowledge of how to use them. I learned how to use the programs over the next two years and 'graduated', so to speak, to more complex programs. I spent those two years also writing an ep of original music, titled Anticipation EP. Only a handful of friends actually own a copy of that ep, which contains 20 minutes of music and sound experimentation.
A year later I recorded the Iced EP, which was basically a release of 7 songs of actual music. After that, I completed my first full length album, "Dictated but not read...". The title is a joking reference to the movie 'The Life Aquatic', and is not meant to be taken literally. The poem on the cover, which is actually the title track on the album, is actually unnamed. But for simplicities sake, the song retains the albums title track title...if that makes any sense at all to you.
I still felt the album was incomplete despite the two years of work it took to record it. Only because I didn't know how to track drums. At the request of some of my friends I decided to copyright the songs and sell them through an online distributor. So I immediately began work on new music. Most of which is posted here and on my "official site" the myspace page.
I dug through old demos of songs and, with a new knowledge of how to track drums and midi, I recorded 8 new songs for the "These songs are not watermarked." EP. The ep's title is a jab at the practice of watermarking pre-release cds in the music industry, a practice I find pretentious, annoying, and pointless. Watermarking does not deter anyone from doing anything.
I suppose I got serious after being given guitar, after guitar, after guitar.....you get the idea.
Which is why I decided to release a song a week...for a year. You can guess who gave me that idea.
Let's see where this goes.
Everything and everyone. If I hear it I pull what I like and I use it.
Guitars: Jackson JS-1 Dinky Strat, E-IV Custom Les Paul Copy, Customized AXL Strat, Silvertone Dreadnought Acoustic, Ovation CC-024 Acoustic, E-IV Custom Frankenbass.
Amps: Crate GFX-212 (Solid State), Sears Silvertone Twintwelve 1494 (Tube)
Effects: Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Digitech Whammy IV, Digitech Grunge Distortion, Boss PH2 Phaser, Danelectro PBJ Delay, Boss CH-5 Chorus, and a little skeleton which sits next to all of this.
Violin, Laptop (for recording, mixing, and editing), Desktop (for stereo/multiple recording), Glass and Metal Slides, a Capo, D'Addario Strings, Various Microphones, and myself.