DRUMMER (Big Whites Keeper)
Born in Hartford, CT, grew up beside the quiet river rolling mountain town of Collinsville, CT - Spent his days as a teenager listening to a huge assortment of music ranging from all avenues of the music spectrum. He started playing drums in his room on pillows, magazines, basically anything that he could make sound with he would make into his own instrument. When it came time to choose an instrument for his school band, he auditioned for the drums, not knowing anything at that time in terms of reading sheet music for drums, he had only expierenced reading piano music from lessons he had during his childhood. He sadly was not chosen for drums because of the fact that "too many students" already were in the drum section. They gave him instead an Alto Saxophone which may have made his love for the drums even stronger. He played Alto sax for 4 years before giving it up..He quit the school band and traded in his sax for a used drumset..He started playing along to all kinds of music in his room at home..Whatever he could play along to he played along to..He learned basic rock beats from these bands and leave it at that. When he was good enough and developing his coordination and ear he moved on to different genres and eventually started playing with bands around his town..The only other project he was in that had two drummers was a Rolling Stones/Grateful Dead/Cream Cover band called Broken Lonely..It was made up of these awesome rocker dudes two to three times his age..It taught him alot about actually leaning back and stepping out and sharing the rythmns and beats with another drummer..He eventually graduated from high school and stuck around for a couple years before heading to college. Unsure about where he wanted to go he found a small liberal arts school that fit all his needs and the perfect place where he could play music as much as he wanted, actually encouraged it! This college was indeed for him. He decided to pursue my education at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.
At Goddard he learned to hone his skills as an all-around Drummer and Multi-Instrumentalist. With the help of his longtime teacher Don Glasgo, who's played with Joseph Bowie's Defunkt Big Band, the Oliver
Lake Big Band, Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe, The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen and Phish and many more on (Valve Trombone/Piano).. He was learning to play jazz, latin, funk, and total Sun Ra inspired improvisation..He also fell in love with Fela Kuti's music and Afrobeat at this time which opened his mind up EVEN MORE to what's possible behind his drum kit..This is also where he met one of his strongest partners in the art of Rockin, Scott Tournet, and where they began their long history of making music together. They had since been in 4 bands together, Blues and Lasers being the 4th. Over the tons of rehearsals and shows that they have played together they always found themselves feeding off of each others ideas and communicate extremely well with themselves and more importantly their instruments..I think its safe to say that Blues and Lasers is a culmination of everyones biggest influences in music, bands and mission statements that have been in our ears for years and years..For him its, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Fela Kuti, Buddy Guy, Frank Zappa, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Wilco, James Brown, Otis Redding, The Black Keys, Miles Davis, and the list keeps going on and on..
He wholeheartedly believes that the Rock and Roll music that he and maybe we all grew up on ranging from the 60's to the late 70's has been forgotten. Tucked away in the sand vault of time only to re-appear on VH1 every now and then..The pure raw energy of the music, the minds, the soul and the equipment used as been brushed under the rug..Its now all about computers and little voice modulators that can correct your voice as your singing, and this bubble-gum pop crap that has taken over the airwaves doesn't have for the most part any heart or grittyness that makes a band stand out as being something DIFFERENT. Once a band makes it in todays record corporation, they get their hit song or two then they are old news and then next week there's another band that sounds like that band EXACTLY, and they have THEIR song on the radio..Lets not forget about what music is and should be about..Expression and Feeling, not mass reproduction and exploitation....Blues and Lasers is here to take the torch that has been slowly going out for years and blazing it back up to where it should always stay..They have a lot of fucking wood and a shitload of gasoline. THEY ARE NOT afraid of letting the fire inside of them get out of control..Thats what Rock & Roll is all about my friends!
Birthday - September 22, 1977...look it up.