Influences: Adam "Nolly" Getgood (Periphery), Matt De Luca (Intervals), Dick Lovgren (Meshuggah)
One of my earliest memories was walking into a guitar store for the first time in San Diego. My dad pointed to one of the kid's electric guitars and saw that it was just the right size for a small five year old. He said, "you want it?", and of course I couldn't refuse. I played here and there for about 8 years before getting into metal. Metal gave me a reason to really challenge myself and see success on the guitar. Along the way I have been in both high school (Ohio) and college marching band (Virginia Tech). There I learned to listen to other people as I played my instrument, which was the trumpet. Going to college in Virginia introduced me to folk music, which lead me to pick up the mandolin. I then moved to New York for graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in their Physics department. I picked up drums as soon as I moved, because I have always wanted to learn, and I felt like it would be a good way to get out my incessant tapping and anxiety while persuing a PhD. Complex rhythm has always been something that I have been interested in, especially in Metal with bands like Meshuggah, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, and "Djent" bands in general. I began playing the bass a few years ago, but with my experience playing guitar and a good sense of rhythm I felt equipped to join a band. I posted some videos of me playing guitar and some music I've written in order to find bands in the area. Shawn had his feelers out at the same time and messaged me to see if I could play the songs he'd written. We met up, jammed and now here we are.