I started off playing piano at age six, then eventually migrated towards acoustic and electric guitar in my teens. I played jazz guitar in a college jazz band, sang lead and played electric guitar in an original rock band and ska band, and played bass drum in the drum and bugle corps. In college, I learned how to program drum machine patterns.
After college, I started an original acoustic guitar duo and moved to sunny San Diego where I landed a job at Guitar Center in La Mesa selling pro audio gear. It was at that point where I started learning home recording and DAWs, starting with Pro Tools, then eventually migrating over to Ableton Live for its ease of midi programming, design, and speed.
After moving to Washington D.C. and leading multiple rock cover bands, I relocated to New York City where I attended Berklee College of Music Online, earning both their Master Certificates in Producing (2010) and Songwriting (2012). I learned a tremendous amount from both of these programs as they constantly challenged me to push my skills further in songwriting and production and never settle for the first song idea. I also learned the art of avoiding cliche lyric rhyming, as well as tools for melody and harmony.
Berklee taught me a valuable lesson – how to break a song down into its specific parts and work on each portion separately using creative tools instead of thinking of songwriting as just inspiration falling from the sky.
I currently reside in New Orleans, Louisiana and sing, play bass, and write songs for Darcy Malone and the Tangle. I also love assisting songwriters who are looking for help with fleshing out their initial ideas – whether it be assisting with lyric writing, adding, replacing, or subtracting instrumentation, or mixing. I truly enjoy transforming original songs into polished recordings.