BAND AFFILIATION: The Lucky Jukebox Brigade
INSTRUMENT: Djembe, vocals, percussion and more
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … It was actually a dozen of them through one of those Columbia House deals where you sign up, and then they let you pick through what they have and ship ’em to your house. A lot of it was music to get stoned to at the time: The Doors (self-titled), 3 Radiohead albums (“OK Computer,” “The Bends,” “Amnesiac”), a Bob Dylan compilation, “The White Album,” an Oasis album, Jaco Pastorius (self-titled), Rage Against the Machine (self-titled), “Skeletons in the Closet” (Grateful Dead) and the “Star Wars (A New Hope)” soundtrack. That’s all I can remember. Before that, I was listening to my mom’s vinyl, Billy Joel on tape/CD, and who knows what else.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I remember seeing Godsmack and the Deftones with my friend up at SPAC when I was 14 or so. It was pouring rain, and all I could think about was raging and getting muddy – much to the chagrin of his dad, who was shaking his head inside the comfort of his parka on a park bench. Good times… Now I seek out shows all the time.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I was always a singer, a choir geek even, but the first instrument I had was this Casio keyboard from the ’80s in my mom’s living room. I used to make up a lot of tunes on it with my brothers. Then I got an electric guitar for my 14th birthday, but the real fun started with my first acoustic (Fender DG-7) in high school.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Chorus, musicals and other school stuff aside, “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … this band called Plaid with three of my high school friends, one of who is in the Killerados (TJ Heimel). We played Misfits covers, “Holiday In Cambodia” by the Dead Kennedys, White Stripes and a Danzig cover. It was goofy, but a lot of fun all the same. We all actually went on to become musicians today, which is pretty cool.