Our family moved to Montserrat, a tiny island in the Caribbean, in 1980 from Manhattan Beach, California. I was 17yrs old. My brother and I were the only two surfers on Montserrat, and at the time we focused on doing just that.
Montserrat inspired both my brother and I discover our talents. Carrll was really getting into photography and writing, I began creating music on a tiny Casio keyboard with micro-button like keys. When I was 20 years old (in 1983), my parents brought home a piano. I was determined to learn the it by myself. I played 2 hours a day making up music by ear.
Year by year my music improved, and in 1988 I recorded my first piano compositions at Air Studios. Air Studios Montserrat was a famous but secret recording studio where top artists went to record. I had the pleasure of meeting Sir George Martin. It was a great experience, I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to record there. The Bosendorfer piano was very beautiful…the room was super cool, a wood tone, and also some great stone work. The grand piano was halfway placed into the stone wall, a type of isolating recording technique.
A few days after recording, Sir George Martin wrote me a very nice letter which made a huge impact and inspired me very much.
After Hurricane Hugo hit Montserrat in 1989, we moved to Maui. In 1991 dad bought me a Yamaha SY77 Synthesizer workstation. I discovered I can arrange music...I was totally blown away by its capabilities. I could record on 16 tracks using any sound I wished, and could save my music on the incredible floppy-disc, wow!
Missing Montserrat, we moved back in 1994, then on August of 1995 the first volcanic ash cloud flew over the town of Plymouth...then more and more. We decided to leave and returned to Maui. That was the last time our entire family would live on Montserrat. Unfortunately Montserrat's volcano exploded violently off and on from 1997 to 2010. In my attempt to help the island and the people, I recorded a benefit album in 1997 titled "Project: Montserrat". It did ok at Virgin Megastores, and locally in Hawaii, but nothing huge. After I was married, my wife Irina and I released a benefit CD titled Star of Wonder, which would benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
My inspiration I suppose comes from many things...I wasn't the type of person that would throw a record on and listen, but I would hear music from my brother's massive collection of course. During the late 70's and early 80's Carrll played some great music which most likely inspired me in some ways. I payed attention to the music, hardly the lyrics.
Some of that music was/is: The Police, (which to this day is my favorite band, Copeland is nuts!), Sting, The Cars, Supertramp, Kansas, Boston, The Eagles, Van Halen, Foreigner, Styx, Steely Dan, Journey, Heart, U2, and of course other cool stuff from early 70's. Prior to that I listened to my dad's 8 tracks in the car...all the 60's stuff.
My equipment today is:
A Korg Extreme 88 Workstation keyboard with a 16 track recorder which I use more than anything.
A Boss BR-1600 Digital Recorder that's really cool, it has some amazing guitar effects.
Two old Yamaha monitor speakers.
A Rode Mic for the acoustic guitar tracks and the occasional singing from my wife or daughter.
A cheap 3/4 size Squire acoustic guitar.
A 3/4 size electric guitar which I bought for $65.00. NOTE: Those tracks with guitar, well, I spent many hours on recording those parts. I don't consider myself a guitarist, I play easy chords, and leads with a finger or three. It takes me a long time to make it sound fluid.
Until I get my songs out to popular platforms, my music is available here for downloads. These albums are some of my the work of the last 36 years. I thought it would be time to release them. I suppose this 2020 downtime has allowed me to do so.
I hope you'll enjoy some of my tracks. I can't figure out what genre to call my music, but I'll be adding a lot of music here, so please check back from time to time. Feel free to email me with any questions.
Thank you for visiting!