So my musical journey started out when I was about 13 years old. My dad bought me my first record player and set it up beside our pool table. At that point in time my knowledge of music was limited so I just started playing any records we had. I would play pool and go through record after record, I started falling in love with music in such an authentic and new way. Whether it was the dynamic range and style of Elton Johns voice in "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", The rich harmonies on Simon and Garfunkle's album "Sound of silence", or the sheer passion of Springsteen's voice in "Tunnel of love", I loved it all.
Fast forward a few years to when I picked up my first guitar. My sister had set off for England and when I went into her room one day I saw her blue steel string just sitting there just waiting to be played. I remember watching watching a live video of John Mayer playing his version of "free falling" and immediately knew I wanted to learn the guitar for everything it was worth. I started watching videos of guitarists like Hendrix, Claption, and Jimmy Page. They all seemed to have a deep understanding of the instrument and it was as if it just became a part of them when they played.
In my senior year I started writing songs and performing at local open mic nights as often as I could. Every time I performed in front of someone whether two or twenty it made me want to do it more and more. Once I graduated I realized pretty quickly that the only direction I could really see myself going was with music, so I enrolled at Kwantlen University where I began my classical music studies as a guitar major. While going to school I continued to write and perform as much as I could, along the way I also started putting a band together and performing at bigger Venues In downtown Vancouver. I've been very fortunate to team up with many talented musicians along the way. Ive been extremely blessed to have teamed up with my drummer Jonathan Van Egmond. He has continued to bring life and creativity each song I have written and has performed with me at almost every show I've had in the past 4 years.
As I continue to get out and perform I will always put songwriting as a top priority! For me so writing has always been something that gives me a sense of understanding through the circumstances I go through or of the situations around me. I can't recall the first time I started writing but ever since I wrote my first song I haven't dared to put down the pen.
When I look back at that shy awkward kid who couldn't stop shaking while playing infront of his parents for the first time I see how far Ive come in the last five years. Im excited to see where this journey will take me and have greatly appreciated all the amazing support Ive received up until now.