I was born in Illinois in March of 1972. My Father, an electronic engineer, got his first job working at the local music store repairing guitar amps. He even built a few of his own too. Now he writes code for microprocessors and has many side projects too.
My Grandfather was a bricklayer, who moonlighted as a violinmaker. I still have the violin he made for me. My Grandfather played the clarinet, violin, and other instruments. My Grandmother played the french horn.
Our family moved to Chicago in the mid to late 70s.
Probably my first exposure to electronic music was when my Father took me to Chicago's Adler Planetarium, to see the "sky show." I can remember watching the Zeiss projector display images of the stars overhead, and hearing music like I'd never heard before. The sounds of the synthesizer were unforgettable.
I took piano lessons in elementary school, and guitar lessons in high school. I began composing in high school on my dad's four track recorder using a korg poly 600.
I also got interested in "House" music while living in Chicago, as I listened (and jogged) to the B96 dance party. This was my first exposure to upbeat electronic music.Depeche Mode was one of my early electronic music influences, and "music for the masses" still resides in my CD collection! Other influences were Front 242, Frontline Assembly, Skinny Puppy, and Bjork.
Because I love "space" and the universe, as well as science fiction, I started making ambient, spacey, music when I lived in Indiana. This is when I first started making music with Cakewalk for Dos 5.0, and an IBM XT 4.77MHz computer. Oh how far technology has come!
My family moved to North Carolina in the early 90s; I moved to Indiana in 1992. I met a bunch of really talented musicians while living in Indiana. We formed a jam band called Underground Whale. My buddy Ryan "Sleet Alum" and I recorded under the band name Towers of Escape until 1997, when I moved back to North Carolina.
I met my wife Heather in 1998 and we were married in 2001. She is very supportive of my music, and I love her with all my heart. Currently we attend Central Church of God.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ. He was very different than the Jesus most people hear preached today. The Jesus I know from the scriptures offered help to the suffering and brokenhearted. He offered hope to the hopeless. He loved the unloved. If more Christians truly followed His example, this world would be a much better place. Practice mercy, Practice Grace. If you want love and mercy from God, love and be merciful to others.
In 2005, my son Samuel was born, and he has changed my life forever. I love him with all my heart. He enjoys playing on daddy's djembe drums, the piano, and daddy's electric guitar. He also loves to sit at the computer and bang away on the keyboard!
I am working on a new ambient album for Q4 2009.
Thanks for stopping by and peace be with you.