From pots and pans, to a Muppet Baby drum set, to jazz studies, to orchestral percussion, to Carnegie Hall at age 15, to lessons with Billy Martin (MMW), to an apprenticeship with Leon Parker, to recording and touring with Charlie Hunter and Nora Jones, then John Mayer, then Marc Broussard, then Jesse Malin, then The Alternate Routes, then a move from Jersey City, NJ to Memphis, TN, then solo records, then producing, then everything in between and all at once. Eyes on the road. Ears wide open. Never a dull moment.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceI had a breakthrough moment many years ago while on a random dive bar gig. It was a relaxed enough setting with some great players, that I decided to lead with my ears instead of my hands. The simple act of listening more than playing opened up a whole new dimension for me. I realized that music was in the notes, but beauty was in the spaces.
What Drives Your Creativity?I'm a lifelong student of the creative process. The act of making something from nothing is a constant source of inspiration. Whether that means finding the perfect groove for a song or writing music around a beat, I'm always ready to get on board and see where the trip goes.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?My favorite Vic Firth instrument is the American Classic 7A, wood tip. The weight, balance, tone, and overall feel are perfect for me. I work in a wide variety of genres, and these are the right choice for every gig.