Home base Oakville, Connecticut
Gigs Total Shock (hard rock originals plus covers of rock/metal/alternative songs from the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s), Menaces To Society (punk, reggae, hard rock, and ’90s alternative originals and covers), solo acoustic guitar performances
Basses Fender Precision, modified (my main tool), Squier Classic Modified Jazz Bass, active Fender Deluxe P Bass Special, Squier Matt Freeman signature Precision, short-scale Gibson SG Special USA guitar
Rig Fender Bassman 400 head, Fender Bassman 4x10 & 1x15 cabs
Effects The raw power and tone I get from my bass and rig is all I’ve ever preferred. If I do use an effect, I use the Boss Bass Chorus CEB-3 pedal.
Strings DR Strings Hi-Beams or Rotosound Swing Bass 66 nickels
Heroes & inspirations Paul Simonon, Duff McKagan, Karl Alvarez, CJ Ramone, John Paul Jones, Mike Watt, and Dee Dee Ramone, who inspired me to start using a pick
How did you come to play bass?
I originally wanted to play guitar, but I didn’t have the patience for it. So I bought a P-Bass thinking I only had to play single notes. Then I learned how to play bass and what the instrument is all about, and the rest is history.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?
To have patience and things will fall into place correctly. Be passionate about the music and the instrument you’re playing. Put in the time and the preparation, and absorb everything you learn. That’s what will shape you.
What are your musical goals?
To keep learning, to improve my playing to levels I may consider impossible to achieve, and to be a full-time working musician.