Thunder struck the evaporation and he quivered. Was that really how it happened? Yes, that’s the imprint at least. Making music had never been so self-negating. It reminded him of being born on September 14 in Inverness, Florida. His life, a blur of warm blues and humid reds, buzzing greens and sleeping purples. Eleven years in Vermont, eleven in Tennessee, the rest, so far, in New York. Numbers traveling alongside his name, up and down at different rhythms, welling up from various occupations: house painter, landscaper, fast-food cook, ice cream boy, bike builder, office and research assistant, teacher, musician, street canvasser, popcorn vendor, photographer, web designer. Whispers and secrets dipped into Latin, Old Greek, French and German. Rumors of his B.A. And music. Guitars and yells with Supersloth; trombone, singing and toasting with The Dig-its; guitar and theatrics under strobe lights with BGP; and anonymous mandolin tracks in the family studio. Trips to the Saguenay, the Oresund and a hasty ride on the Seine. Thunder struck the blurred mist and he shook. The nights fly by, bronze waves ricochet off his eardrums and resonate.
[Second draft, the first personal version]
My father has been a professional bass player and audio engineer during my entire life, and my mother never stopped singing, and dancing. My father built me my first guitar, an electric, circa my sixth birthday. It was shaped like a teardrop, like the guitar in The Jets. The strings hurt my fingers and I gave up after learning maybe two chords, happy to leave it under my bed and play outside with the lightning bugs and my brother, Corey. My next instrument was the trombone, which I began learning in fifth grade, played for four years and retired. I know it sounds cliché, but I had found rock & roll, got a bad attitude and was expelled from band class. So I started to play the bass at 14, then brought the old guitar out from under the bed (yes it was still there), and at 15 I co-founded my first band, Supersloth, with Garrett Pittler on bass and Corey, my brother, on drums. We played anywhere youth could play in Nashville; basically at parties and the landmark Lucy’s Record Shop. The next band was the Dig-its, a six-piece ska-punk band that had accumulated a good-sized following in the Nashville area. For the Dig-its I brought my trombone out of retirement and performed as a member of their horn section, occasionally singing backup. The Dig-its fell apart unceremoniously as we all went away to college and to the workforce. I entered Austin Peay State University, directed my attention to studying and lounging around, and I forgot about making music until I found myself captivated by a new instrument. At that time I had an insatiable love for Irish reels and airs and their French-Canadian offspring, but knew nothing of what instruments were used. So when I was first shown a G chord on a mandolin in a friend’s music shop, I was instantly enthralled by the sound. It reminded me of a magic I felt in Irish, Canadian, Bluegrass, Gipsy, Klesmer, and Italian music. That was about a year before my meeting with Bill Carrasco and the start of our Agua Trip project and the first draft of my bio. With Agua Trip I use all my past musical experiences as well as experiment with new instruments, hoping with all of it to etch new and intriguing sonic designs. I just never want to stop learning and changing and Agua Trip is where I do that for now.
I have also had the pleasure of working with Tones from the Underground, Sarah Smith, Unavoidable Delay and Roberto Carrasco in New York City as well as working with Mike Posillico on a short audio play. I had the pleasure of co-creating and co-producing The Moveable Feast, a nomadic art-party, with Ginger Burden, Kyla Barkin, and Bill Carrasco. I have spent some years working as a designer of graphics and websites and am always experimenting with blending my loves of graphical art, words, logic, philosophy, sound, music and moving image.
I am inspired daily by the imagination of my wife Ginger. I can only hope to be as musical a soul as she is, and look forward to learning from her. You can hear her singing on several songs on Genetics, including “Sleep Trips and Falls”. We hope to record more together in the future.
Birthyear: Smallpox was eradicated; post-it notes were introduced; the world saw the first long-distance solar-powered flight; the median household income was $17,710 and the federal debt $909.1 billion; Jean-Paul Sartre died from edema of the lungs and John Lennon from five bullets.
Influences: Bob Marley, The Police, The Beatles, Peter Tosh, Peter Mulvey, Outkast, the Epochs, Citizen Cope, King Django, Tony Rice, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Cake, La Volée d’Castors, Rancid, Nick Drake, King Tubby, Cypress Hill, David Grisman, The Fugees, old slow-tempo fiddle tunes, Burning Spear, Jimi Hendrix, Sublime, Sam Bush, Tones from the Underground, Julio Jaramillo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Israel Vibrations, The Suicide Machines, Alice in Chains, soundtrack to the Last of the Mohicans, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens, Eric Clapton, Rage Against the Machine, Wyclef Jean, Caetano Veloso, Elvis Costello, Ben Harper, Nat King Cole, The Clash, Tom Petty, Beausoleil, Tryo