Playing/writing music allows me to express myself in ways I otherwise cant. I have issues speaking to people, especially crowds, but when I sing, that goes away. I write songs from the heart and feel as though they're extensions of myself. I also connect with the songs I cover.
It's another state of mind I go to when I play and lose myself in the music. My goal, I suppose, is to allow people to join me in that space, and maybe lose themselves along the way too.
Influences: Rush, Tori Amos, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Nine Inch Nails, Alanis Morissette, Led Zeppelin, Garbage, Pink Floyd, Heart
The most crazy thing that ever happened to me was when my Dad and I were asked to perform on The Today Show during a segment they were doing about America's Got Talent. We had driven to NY to audition for the show, which had set up it's sign-up area right next to The Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza. Many people were there to sign up and were outside hoping to get seen on TV.
After we had signed up, we decided to get our guitars out and warm up a little for the audition, when all of a sudden this producer from The Today Show notices us, and comes over to talk to us. A few minutes later after getting asked a few questions, we're being miked up to play a song in the background while Al Roker does the weather. I was shaking like I never shook before, but went into focus mode, and what seemed like 2 seconds later, we were done. Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieria shook our hands and said we were wonderful. The song was "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard" by Simon and Garfunkel. Wild indeed
My first gig I ever used a guitar at (I had just sung at gigs previously), I stepped on my guitar chord as I was playing, and it came right out!
I still have my first guitar I got when I was like 7 or 8. Some cheap generic acoustic that resides in the corner of my studio to this day as a throwback to my beginnings.
My main guitar for a long time was an Ovation Elite, but I'm currently using a Yamaha APX.