if music is to serve any purpose, it’s to remind us: we’re alive and we’re not alone. connecting with it is a sign that this big mysterious journey called life isn’t new territory and that whatever situation we’re in – someone’s been there too and made it through. making it is a sign for me that i’m alive (thanks for this idea Troy Campbell!).
i’m an eternal optimist and truly believe the best is yet to come in our experiences here on earth. some might say that’s crazy, but i’d rather be an optimist and wrong than a pessimist and right. we can never know what’s next and a little hope leads to a happier existence and is more productive than the alternative. if there’s a shred of this hope embodied in this music, i've achieved my goal with making it. it’s my intention that these sounds are able to put a little wind-in-your-sails when needed on a still day.
i hope this music i’ve put together will provide some fun, refuge in a hard time, and maybe even a reason to dance.
H I S T O R Y
i’ve played music since 2002. i wrote my first song in 2017.
i started playing guitar at the cool age of 10. after learning the basics through guitar lessons (mastering “smoke on the water” – dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-DUN-DUN), nothing clicked…
then i went to my friend chuck gasser’s house and played metallica and nirvana covers in his attic. i was hooked. we started a band called “addeus” with him and his older brother clayton and were off to the races! we went too hard for our pre-pubescent voices, so it was just instrumental rock!!! (circa 2004-2007)
2008 joined my first band with a singer at 16 (The Will Callers).
2009 started to play music / tour with my friend Tim Halperin (mainly playing bass). stopped working at Mama’s Pizza because the gig money put enough gas in my tank.
2010 started acquiring recording gear (microphones, pro tools, pre-amps, etc etc)..
2011 released my first solo EP under the name “Cosmos Project” – it was all covers. was just trying to bring more music like the Postal Service into the world.
2012-2014 started playing w/ my friend Marshall Young and we made a record. Also helped out a handful of others artists here and there filling in on bass or guitar (see discography for those acts). i had a few musical projects in college with friends, too, which were tremendous fun.
the past 15 years have been very rich musically. it was a tremendous season of life filled w/ exploration and self-discovery. it gave me fun opportunities to travel the country, play different music with a variety of folks, and experience the beauty of chasing a dream (oh and kept me from having to take a “real job” for 5 years, which was good for learning to deal w/ uncertainty – an inevitable in life).
what i didn’t do in that season of playing for others, was make something of my own. i was scared of what others thought. i wanted to be cool. so i simply joined projects that had some “cool” - hiding behind the comfort of an instrument (or long hair that i miss very much but it’s too hot for it in Texas)
but now, i am releasing “Life is Wonderful,” an album filled with songs i wrote for myself after a long stretch of playing for other people. i’m excited to share it all with you.
enough about me… if you’ve read this far, i appreciate you. if i don’t know you, i hope our paths cross one day.