Me, Myself, and I

The Beginning: Born 8.13.1980, MI, USA, Earth.

I lived mostly in southern Michigan until I was about seven, at which time my family moved up to Cadillac. I spent 3rd through 9th grade at McBain school and then switched to Cadillac in 1995, just in time for sophomore year.

Most people in Cadillac knew me as the TV2 geek. I found a calling in technology and graduated from Cadillac High School, class of 1998. It wasn't long after that I was working for WWTV/WWUP-TV 9&10 News as the Technical Director for the morning newscast Michigan this Morning. But all through that, there was music.

Mutation

I didn't just sit down one day and decide to start writing music and making CDs. It came from a fascination with sound and the fact that I could manipulate sound with electronic devices. I remember bouncing tape recordings between boom boxes to multi-track my collection of high school band instruments when I was 15. It makes me shudder today at the horrendous sound I put on record, but it changed my life.

Inevitability

Not five years later I was recording digitally, tracking multiple guitars and other instruments for the collection of songs I would later call Jula Eria. It was about that time that I met Michael McNamara. He heard my CD at a local music store and wanted to know who this crazy kid was that was making all this noise on his computer. We met for lunch in early 2001, and my life changed again. Michael gave me confidence in myself; gave me a reason to think it really could go somewhere. I scoured my soul, and reaped Shadow Chaser by the end of 2001.

Refinement

After Shadow Chaser, I was driven even further to create something truly great. The summer of 2002 was a prolific time song-wise, as I completed most of what was to be Life On Rye by August 2002. I sat down panting after it was finished and thought to myself, "how are you ever going to top that?" After all, it was the best-sounding album I had released, and certainly very chewy. Chewy, ripe, detailed... full of little bits and pieces of my philosophies and experiences, just chewy, down to its core.

Changeover

September 2002, I started dating Heather. Life changed again. Things were not so centered on misery and frustration anymore. I switched from TD'ing the news to the IT department at the TV station, and thus garnered an 8-5 job instead of 1am-9am. At the same time, I fell into a drought for songs. After all, if you define yourself through misery and are no longer miserable, what is left? Intent not to let this wonderful section of my life end, I became determined to answer the following question: just what was I thinking?

Perspective

I spent seventeen months studying my mental state, my surroundings, my outlook on everything. What I found was that there was a lot more that was interesting than just pain. New thoughts on all kinds of subjects came to fruition through nineteen new songs. Along with the new outlook on life came a new ambition to create an even more refined expression of art. I bought a bunch of new software and equipment during that time as well to aid my quest. The result was my most crowning achievement at the time, Dissected, and the journey had just begun.

Full-Steam Ahead

I never would have thought when living in my tiny hut 18 years ago that I would have produced six CDs by the time I was 25. Storyteller marks a new chapter in songwriting and production for my personal endeavors. I can't express in words how happy I am with how everything has turned out, from the CD itself, to the tie-in merch, the web site, everything.

A Shift in Perspective

Heather and I moved to Florida in June 2006, and I spent a short time working in the house band at the Hyatt Regency before I became a Graphic Designer and then later the Web Manager at ASG Software Solutions. In June 2007, we moved again, this time to North Carolina.

New Purpose 

On August 5, 2008, I witnessed the birth of my son, which has been an experience that has to be lived to be believed, as any parent can attest to. He's been growing up fast, and I can't imagine my life without him now.

It's Just Business

In February of 2009, I was laid off. The economy had tanked, poor management decisions were made, and bets that were placed appeared to be on the losing side of fate.

I ventured out on my own via self-employment, and my life began another chapter. Running your own business gives you a unique perspective on many things.

Impeccable Timing

In May 2009, I was a day away from accepting a position as a software developer for an established health care industry company. One of my clients at the time, Keith, gave me a call out of the blue, wondering if I'd be interested in working with him for his boss full time.

I met with Joe at Canvas On Demand the following day and was delighted to find a place that I knew I could be myself and still work with a group of people who really were good at what they did.

How is this music possible?

The age of digital multi-track music production was well underway before I even thought of doing it back in 1999. I do basically what the giant studios do, except on an infinitesimally smaller budget, limited equipment, and all by myself, from start to finish. The only instrument I'm not "playing" is the drums. The drum tracks are made up of hundreds of clips and samples from carefully selected libraries created specifically for this purpose. It is not uncommon to have 6-10 tracks of percussion with literally thousands of individually placed hits.

Where to go from here?

Now that you've made it this far, you may be curious to hear what this is all about. You can visit the music section to listen to samples of almost all the songs I have put on record.

quick stats

Residence Garner, North Carolina
Age 36
Occupation Web Developer,
Entrepreneur
Previously Web Manager
Graphic Designer
Application Developer
Systems Analyst
Technical Director
Spouse Heather
Offspring Seth Mason
Liam Stone

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