Location (Philly Neighbourhood): Fishtown
Hometown: Newtown PA
Current Project(s)/Band(s): Vacationer, Thrills, Ratkicker
Past Project(s)/Band(s): Like Lions, The Grand Electric
Instrument(s) you play: guitar, bass
What else do you do in the Philly music scene?
- manages event coordination at The Barbary
- performs audio production, engineering, mixing, and mastering
- acoustic treatment in venues and restaurants
Favourite Place in Philly: probably my garage haha
Favourite Watering Hole/Coffee Spot: Milkcrate, I'm a regular.
Favourite Restaurant: North 3rd consistently blows my mind. I'm there once a week and I always order from the specials menu. Their kitchen is super talented.
Favourite Pizza Spot: Meglio Pizzeria in Newtown
Favourite Philly Record Shop: Milkcrate. I'm biased, but they have a well-curated selection downstairs.
Favourite Philly Venue: The Trocadero, simply because I've seen so many of my favorite shows there. As a performer, Union Transfer is the nicest venue to play.
Location of Photo(s): My home studio, my garage.
What do those location(s) mean to you?: Both locations are very important to me. My studio space is a multi-function room. After 12 years in Philly, I finally found a space where I can make music around the clock. It's super isolated, so I can't hear the outside world and they can't hear me. Most of my neighbors don't know I'm a musician. I use my studio for band practices, and also for independent production work. My garage is equally as important. I've always been a DIY-er. I keep an organized work space so I can handle a wide variety of projects. Between a car, a truck, three-ish motorcycles, and a pile of music gear - I spend a lot of time fixing broken stuff. When my venues demand construction/renovation, my garage serves as my home base.
Recording Space: My home studio. I dropped out of college to start a recording company. I worked in large format studios for years. Considering modern recording technology, I feel that a home studio is sufficient for 99% of my recording projects. I still love big studios. Spice House is right around the corner from me, and it's one of the most amazing live rooms I've ever visited.
Favourite Philly Band(s): Hard to say because I listen to so many new bands every day while I'm sorting through emails (sorry I know that's a cop-out answer). I recently played a show opening for Restorations - that was the best set I've seen in recent memory.
What are you listening to now: NOFX, Slayer, Propagandhi
Best show you’ve seen in Philly: Bigwig at the Troc, when I was 13.
If you could sum up in one sentence what Philly / Philly music scene means to you, what would it be? The Philly music scene is like skateboarding - it seems really easy when you watch other people do it, and then you try it yourself and fall flat on your face.
Life motto: It's tough, get a helmet.
Random Fun Fact: One time I lived with Chris Kirkpatrick from NSYNC for a month. Super weird.
Childhood Dream Job: Astronaut. "Current" childhood dream job - Evel Knievel.
Pets: 1 betta fish, 1 snail, 2 housemates
Future plans: Working my ass off for another 10 years. Then, selling everything except my Harley and peacing out