Home base Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation Strategic Account Executive
Gigs Burning Iris, ESP
Basses 2010 Fender American Jazz Bass, Ibanez SR755, Michael Kelly Acoustic Bass
Rig Ampeg SVT-4PRO, Ampeg 810E cab
Effects Boss ME50B
Strings, etc. GHS Bass Boomers
Heroes & inspiration Geezer Butler, Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan, John Paul Jones, Jaco Pastorius
How did you come to play bass? They had an after-school guitar class at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, and I was the only one who signed up so they cancelled it. The teacher was also the orchestra director and asked if I wanted to take the upright bass via his class, since the notes transferred directly to electric bass. How could I resist?
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? Someone told me a long time ago, “It’s not called ‘the music pleasure.’” There are times when music becomes a job. That’s the time to change your situation or lay it down for awhile, because all the really good music is created when you’re having fun.
What are your musical goals? I would love to be the bass player on a song that went national.
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