How long have you been playing?
I've been playing the bass since 1981. There was a string of hits on the radio from Rush's Moving Pictures (Tom Sawyer, Limelight, etc) and these were songs driven by the bass and drums. Also, Geddy Lee was funny looking, and I was funny looking and I fell in love with the bass because of him. I mowed every lawn in the neighborhood to earn the $125 to buy a Memphis P-bass copy. I was 12 years old.
What equipment do you use?
I play a Fender Jazz bass or a Rickenbacker 4003 through a Peavey Session head Ampeg cab for the big rooms, and a Trace Elliot GP7SM 130 for the recording sessions and smaller rooms. D'Addario strings and Nady wireless. Boxers, never briefs. I use Magnum condoms. Power boats over sailing and I'm allergic to cats.
Do you play any other instruments?
I also play a little guitar. I call my style campfire guitar, because that's about all I can do, strum major chords around a campfire. If someone asks for "suspended" chords or whatever, I'm done.
Who are your influences?
I mentioned Geddy Lee as my main influence on bass, but I also would list Sting and the first 4 Police records as big influences on me as a youngster.I was very much into Queen, Yes and of course, Led Zeppelin. There were jazz legends we would listen to with our mouths agape: Stanley Clarke, Andy West and Jaco Pastorious, but we were just playing simple rock n roll in those days. If we could mimic guys like Steve Harris or Billy Sheehan, we were doing just fine.
Where are you from?
Washington D.C. and raised in the Northern Virginia suburbs.
How did you come to be in San Diego?
I went to high school at Lake Braddock and college at Radford. My sister was living in San Diego with her husband who was in the Navy. I came to visit twice and that second time I just went home and got my stuff. That was 1993. I'm still surprised the whole country doesn't just pick up and move to San Diego.
What's your favorite Zeppelin tune?
My favorite Zep record is Physical Graffiti, and my favorite songs are Rain Song and Ten Years Gone. I'm much more into the rockin/theatrical side of Led Zeppelin than the early blues side.