From my who and what page...
THE START OF THE DREAM!
I started singing in chorus in 1978, and then playing bass, around 1982. I quickly realized it was in fact the tool of ignorance. So started playing guitar shortly thereafter...Philadelphia College of Art accepted me and I lasted exactly 2 months, before leaving to pursue music. I taught a limited amount of students for a brief but enlightening time at a local music store in NJ. Right after I started working, my band MISCHIEF really took off. We were a four piece band consisting of 2 guitars, bass, and drums, and we all sang lead, with me being relegated to doing most of the work. We signed a recording deal with Enigma records in Sept 1989. Toured with National acts; Hurricane, Winger, Stryper, but there were so many others. I got endorsed by Dean Markley guitar strings in 1990. At this time you couldn't really get paid gigs, you played for essentially a piece of the door. To my knowledge we were the only band on our particular circuit that didn't have to do that. Regardless of whether ten ot a hundred people showed up we got paid. We finished the record and were in the stages of mastering it, while gearing up for an extended tour of Japan with fellow label mates, Suite Sixteen and Headliner Mass. It was around this time we started hearing how bad the label was doing, and we along with 10 or 15 other bands were really signed to try to pull them out of the toilet. While it was nice to be the kind of band that would make a company think that way, it was already too late, news came down that the label had filed bankruptcy. I carried on as the only original member left, and hired Ex-Suite Sixteen guitarist Dodgie Sans as new lead guitarsit.We became an even better band, and a much tighter touring act for some years. I worked steadily both in my band and with a few key music merchandisers, during the day. I became important in their business, and too self important to know when to quit.
My wife was pregnant with our second child, and we started Laughing Out Loud Candles in 1997. I had some money lying around and thought it would be a nice little diversion for her. She had put up with my alcohol and drug addiction for long enough, that anything she wanted to do was fine with me. I had no idea how big and important her work would become for us! At the same time Dodgie Sans and myself started a new band, SANS. That's right named after him, but I was still the lead singer, and main songwriter. His part was being the best guitarist ever, and just so damn good looking!! We were a five piece band consisting of 3 guitars, bass, and drums. We quickly called in a few favors and signed a development deal with Atlantic Records, and worked on redefining the bands look and sound. Drummer Max Weinberg placed a lot of faith in us and helped us to improve our situation. We played a lot, opening for Britney Fox, Stephen Pearcy, Jake E. Lee and others. We moved the band to North Jersey and changed the name toGLIMMERZ. We continued to develop the band for a possible recording deal, with Atlantic. Feeling like it might not be going anywhere, we made advances to other companies. We broke off from Atlantic, and started working with Elektra after some initial interest from them. The dream it seemed was dead, as we soon parted ways and the band broke up. I had spent 10 years with Dodgie, and we both needed a break from each other.
By 1999 I had 2 children and a wife, but thought it wise to start yet another endeavor. DEAD GUY LIVE, was a three piece band consisting of drums, guitar, and bass. My writing partner in this band was the bassist/co-lead singer Crash Evil. Crash went on to do great things, and was endorsed by Schecter Guitars. We had the support of many East Coast radio deejays, and again signed a development deal, this time with Megaforce records, a subsidiary of Atlantic. Not having enough going on I decided to start my own sound company called SOUND DECISION, this became a company dedicated to the needs of both local and national performers ranging from musical to comedic to artistic. Worked an East Coast tour with Tommy and Shelby Chong (Cheech and Chong), and Michael Winslow (Police Academy Movies). Developed a close working relationship with Derek Tailer (Overkill), Alice Cooper, Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Kevin Kavanaugh (Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes). Worked sound and/or lighting for Breaking Benjamin, Theory Of A Deadman, and many others.
An opportunity came up to start a recording studio with a good friend and fellow songwriter who I had briefly worked with, Joe Savino. He had been scoring movies for a while and wanted to take his project studio into a bigger, and hopefully more profitable realm. I had grown tired of the soundman for hire aspect of my life. From the time I was 18 I had been gigging somewhere, just about all the time. I had never spent a Christmas Eve or Day, or New Years Eve or Day with my wife since our first daughters birth in 1992. This seemed the perfect time to settle down while still maintaining a foot in the musical world. Yin Yang Studios opened in 2001, and although I still continued to gig both as sound man and entertainer, I was leaning toward getting on the recording end of things. Producing and engineering bands took a lot out of us, and became more of a baby sitting job than anything. We mostly worked with area bands, and did some freelance work with world renowned City Lights Recording Studio. It was a wonderful time as well as an equally positive learning experience.
DREAMS ARE FOR BABIES!!
My last band gig was in 2001 shortly thereafter was my last gig. We were now expecting our 3rd child. Solo and freelance work along with duo and trio work with fellow and ex-band mates, was always a priority. Live performance had lent itself well to my musical growth. I ran many successful open mics, both of my own and as fill in. I decided to hang up my gigging shoes, and concentrate on our booming candle business. In 2005 we celebrated the birth of our fourth child. I continued to freelance as a session vocalist and musician. I also collaborated, worked for and with professionals, and amateurs alike in a songwriter, engineer and producer capacity through Yin Yang.
I sold my half of Yin Yang to my partner Joe, which wasn't as much as I like to make it seem. We moved our family to North Eastern Pennsylvania because NJ bites. The taxes are so high, and Real Estate is just crazy. We settled in a nice little 10 bedroom, 4 bath house in Scranton. We still run the candle company! CHECK OUT THE COOL LYNX...
Somewhere along the line I started getting interested in playing again. I had pretty much stopped writing songs, although a few did escape. In 2007 I started writing again, and really getting out there to do sessions with various buddies who own studios. I know I still have it, and if I don't I'm good enough to fake it so that no one will know...