Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?

I've been playing guitar in Code Orange since I was 14.  We started playing local bars, basements and everything in between. We started touring around 16 and have been doing it as much as we possibly can ever since.  We've recently toured with bands like Deftones, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Gojira and many others.  Now we will be main support for System Of A Down this June all over Europe in arenas.      

What inspired you to start playing guitar?

I grew up in a musical household.  So there was always pressure to do something musical.  In the early years of school I took lessons for many different instruments, but never liked any of them in particular.  Then my parents gave gave me an old acoustic Epiphone guitar when I was 8 and i instantly loved it.  The action was so high it was borderline impossible for me to play anything at first.  But I persisted and started learning some of my favorite Nirvana songs.  It wasn't until I played someone else's properly set up electric guitar that I really realized that this was what I wanted to do.

What was your first electric guitar?

My first electric guitar was some Les Paul knock-off I've never heard of or seen since.  Honestly I miss it.  But my first new guitar was a sunburst Fender squire I covered in punk stickers and eventually replaced every part on it.  It served me well, but I am not a Fender guy at all.

What are your top 5 favorite records?

Crowbar- Odd Fellows Rest
Marilyn Manson- Antichrist Superstar
Machine head- Burn My Eyes
Nine Inch Nails- The Downward Spiral
Deftones- White Pony

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?

Our Pittsburgh record release show for our new album Forever on 1/13/17 was just about the proudest I've ever been at a show of ours.  It was amazing to have all of our friends and family there to witness it.  

How did you hear about Reverend?

Code Orange did a tour with the band Defeater around 2012, I think, and Jake Woodruff had a Reverend and was always raving about it so I figured I'd try out a Bayonet and I never looked back!

What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?

I started on the Bayonet, then the Sensei RA.  Now I play my signature model which is the OG Bayonet with a chisel bridge and a hyper vintage neck.  The volume knob is also a push/pull Killswitch. Best feeling guitar I've ever played and it sounds amazing in any style of music. 

What do you like about your Reverend guitar?

The feel of the SB1 guitar is perfect, the neck feels great and the body is lightweight. The Railhammer chisel bridge and hyper vintage neck pickups make it growl like none other. 

What amps and pedals do you currently use?

I use a JVM 410HJS, the midi implementation and noise gate make it perfect for using lots of effects and channels.  For pedals I mainly use a Ibanez tube screamer, Electroharmonix epitome, Boss DD5, Boss PS6, and a custom feedback looper designed by TRVR with an old DOD phaser and a HM2.  Also a JOYO pxl effects loop and midi switcher.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?

I love using synthesizers and obscure electronics.  I use a Eurorack modular synthesizer onstage and have just started my second System at home!  

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?

Don't stop playing shows and keep practicing.  If you're around long enough you'll figure out how your unique style fits in to the music scene. And always be original! Originality is key especially when there's thousands of bands just like yours trying to the same thing. 

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:

Code Orange just released a full length album called Forever in January on roadrunner records. We are currently on tour in the US with Killswitch Engage and Anthrax. We will be main support for System Of A Down this June in Europe.