Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
I started playing guitar when I was around 15 years old. At first, I mainly played acoustic, and gigged mostly by myself. I picked up electric guitar a few years after that. It was until I was about 21 that I started playing in my current band, Take One Car. In the past five years I’ve played about 250 shows in that band, ranging from basements to festivals like The Bamboozle Festival and Seaside Heights Music Festival.
What inspired you to start playing guitar?
I guess I would have to say Country Music. I grew up in Upstate, NY in a pretty rural farming community. My life from an early age, was pretty saturated with Country or Classic Rock. I remember watching musicians like Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson, and being so impressed. The first time I tried to learn to play guitar, I grew incredibly discouraged and gave up pretty quickly. It wasn’t until I was about 15 that I actually sat down and taught myself to play.
What was your first electric guitar?
My first electric guitar was a Mexican made Fender Strat. My parents purchased it for me as a Christmas gift. I still use it for almost all of our live shows. It’s nothing fancy, but I just love that guitar.
What are your top 5 favorite records?
RadioHead – Amnesiac
Sigur Ros – Takk
At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command
Colour Revolt – Plunder, Beg, & Curse
Bear vs Shark – TerrorHawk
What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
My proudest moment was probably releasing my bands latest album, It’s Going To Be A Nice Day. We easily spent over two years writing, recording & mixing that album. To see it come together all the way from day one was a pretty awesome experience.
How did you hear about Reverend?
I believe I first heard about Reverend from Pro Guitar Shop. I am always watching their demo videos. When I came across one for Reverend I was immediately hooked.
What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
I currently play a cream colored Six Gun.
What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
I love the tone options. It’s a single coil guitar that can go from a very bright tubular lead tone to a warmer bassy neck tone with the aid of the bass contour. I use a lot of dynamics live, and it’s the perfect guitar for it.
What amps and pedals do you currently use?
I am currently running a 100 watt Fender SuperSonic head through a 2×12 1967 BassMan Cab. The two work so well together. On my pedal board, I currently have the following pedals: GigFX Chopper, Line6 VerbZilla, EHX Cathedral, Line 6 DL4, Ibanez DL7, MXR Phase 90, EHX SmallStone, EHX Freeze, Boss Blues Driver, Devi Ever ShoeGazer, FullTone OCD, BlackOut Effectors Dual Fuzz, Boss TU3.
Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
No unusual hobbies or skills. I do have a Bachelors of Science in Zoology. I guess that might be kind of interesting.
Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
I guess I would have to say spend some extra time working on your tone. I feel like that was the last aspect of my guitar playing that I thought to improve. For years I completely neglected it. It was when I purchased my first tube amplifier that I realized what I had been missing. Since then, improving my tone has been my top priority. Tone is everything, and too many guitar players overlook it.
Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
Currently I play guitar and sing in Take One Car. We’re an Indie/Alternative Rock band from Upstate, NY. Earlier this year we released our second full-length album called, It’s Going To Be A Nice Day. We spent most of 2012 touring to support it, On November 16th we head back out again for brief midwest tour.
Anything else we should know about?
I guess, if you are reading this, and you’re new to my band, Take One Car, check out our latest album It’s Going To Be A Nice Day at: http://takeonecarmusic.bandcamp.com/ or find us on Facebook.