What is your music background:
I started playing and studying drums 22 years ago when I was 12 years old, and having grown up around music, and my dad being a drummer too, it seemed like the most logical instrument for me to pursue.
Once I began high school, I took music much more seriously as I entered the band and gigging scene, and this sparked the start of an education and career that will hopefully span my entire life.
What are your musical influences:
My have been influenced to some degree by each teacher and mentor that I have had over the years, but in terms of well-known drummers, I would say that among others, Simon Phillips (Toto), Brent Harris (Just Jinger), Steve Gadd, and Gulli Briem have had the most direct impact on my playing that I can think of.
What music gear can’t you live without?
I’m not too fussy when it comes to general gear, but I would say that my 13-inch Zildjian Z-Custom Hi-Hats, 14-inch Mapex M-Series Snare with the Aquarian Hi-Energy Head, 12-inch Anatolian Splash and 16-inch Ziljian Medium-Thin A-Custom Crash definitely come with me to every gig.