1. When did you first become a fan of Mötley Crüe?
In middle school. I was a huge Kiss fan already and when MTV came out with "Looks That Kill", I saw Crüe had that kind of similar look and raw, loud songs with hooks. It captured my attention. Ya gotta understand, my mom was a professional opera singer when I was growing up, so music and costuming, to me, just go together with certain types of music.
2. What made you decide to be in a Mötley Crüe tribute band?
Matt was in Social Jab, a local DFW group from the early 2000's. The guitarist , Dan, was a close friend of mine so I knew Matt from the shows, parties and band cookouts. I'm pretty picky with my drummers and I consider him one of the best on the scene. So, when I saw his message that they were looking for a Nikki Sixx, I pm'd him and he set me up for an audition/practice run for a show. That led to a test gig at Bronson Rock in Killer and that was a blast. And now, here I am.
3. What first inspired you to become a musician?
My parents were musicians as where theirs, going back many generations. It's like being a vampire. You have no choice in the matters. But with rock - which both parents hated - it was when my brother brought home a 45 of "Calling Dr. Love." I was like... I don't know how old. A pipsqueak. I remember my brother saying, "You gotta check this out," cranking this up on his 1970's stereo. I remember hearing it like it was yesterday. I was, like, "What?....This is So Cool!. I gotta do THIS!"
4. When did you start playing bass?
Middle school. My dad brought home a bass to fix. He was a music teacher as well. Being a Kiss fan, I gravitated there. I joined the school jazz band and after school the drummer and I used to jam on ZZ Top and AC/DC. . It skyrocketed when I discovered Rush and Jaco.
5. Who are the musicians that you look up to?
Living or Dead? Either way, that would take a page in and of itself. Geddy, Flea, Jaco, Nibbs Carter, Jeff Berlin and Nikki of course. I'm just discovering Sixx A.M. and digging it.
6. Do you play any other instruments?
Guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, french horn and some drums. I'd like to learn sitar someday properly. I've always thought it'd be cool to learn bag pipes, too. Highland snare drumming as well.
7. What equipment would you buy if money was no object?
One of Jaco's basses if it ended up on the market but I would donate it to the Smithsonian.