|1. What are you currently up
I'm In a band called AM Radio, We're about to record our debut CD on
Blue/Elektra records, So far other than local Los Angeles gigs weve
toured in the US and Japan with Weezer. Other than that, I am
writing constantly, also working with Oni Logan in the studio and
gigging with LA based artist Angel.
|2. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career to
Highlights would obviously be recording and writing with DIO,
signing my own band,'Violets Demise' with Oni Logan to Atlantic,
getting back into the spotlight with 'VAST' in '98... Lowpoints
would include selling shampoo to balding men, painting houses,
construction (actually that wasn't so bad) door to door art print
sales, sandwich delivery...
|3. If you could form a fantasy band line-up - who would be in it and
Every line up I've had is a fantasy lineup because I live in fantasy.
I don't know there are so many wonderful players.
|4. You are part of a new band AM Radio - tell us a little about it
please. Also, you were in Violet's Demise - did any material ever get
released from this band?
AM Radio is a melodic rock band with a sometimes fun sound, It draws
influences from 80's british sounds and modern rock, I play loud
distorted guitar so that works for me, on the new CD we are going to
be bringing out the heavier side so I am looking forward to getting
into the studio.
Violets Demise never officially had anything released due to record
company politics and other things that got in the way, but we are
looking to get it properly released... until then it's available on
Oni's site:, onilogan.com Oni and I are still working together. By
the way,(shameless self promotion, gotta do it) my site is:
|5. How was the experience of being in Dio? Why did you leave after
just the one album? I see from your website that you were due to
rejoin Dio late last year but the events of Sep 11th put an end to
that. Would you like to tour/work with Dio again at some point?
I would love to work with DIO again, maybe someday. I was not going
to join recently, rather I was going to fill in for Craig for a tour.
The Experience of working with DIO was just the best. I still can't
believe it happened.
|6. What is your advice for young, upcoming guitarists? Do you think
it is easier now to make a name for yourself with the Internet and
the exposure this gives people now?
My advice would be to hang out with musicians and people who you
aspire towards and to create music with others because thats where
the best bands come from, the most identifiable fresh sounds. Get
good at what you do at home, yes, but get in the scene. Most
importantly write your own material.
|7. Outside of business, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I've just taken up Boogie boarding and I love it I want to graduate
to a surf board soon... dude.
|8. What are your views on the current rock music scene? Do you think
radio will ever embrace your style of music more? (It seems only punk/nu metal get a look in on mainstream radio). Has the Internet
helped you gain exposure or been a hinderance (eg downloading music,etc)?
I think now as has always been there is good and bad in the current
music scene, I like to embrace and change, The only thing that stops
me from changing is fear. If you speak to guys in the bands on the
radio, you'll probably find most of them love Maiden and Priest.
The Internet has definitely been only a help to me as far as
exposure, and you have to view the download thing a useful tool, not
a hole in your money pipeline. (Of course I don't work for a record
|9. The last thing that you read?
'A Story Like The wind' by Laurens Vanderpost.
|10. Message for your
Hi Mum, Hi Dad.