I am a bass player currently residing in New York City.
Raised in the foothills of the Adirondacks, I draw my musical inspiration from my memories of growing up in rural upstate New York: My adolescence was shaped by countless hours of driving around with the windows down in my Volkswagen Fox, cranking local radio stations WEQX (The Real Alternative!) and PYX 106 (Albany’s only classic rock station!). When I found myself with $20 in my pocket, I would buy a lawn ticket to listen to whatever band was playing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center: Chicago; Crosby Stills and Nash; Rush; Aerosmith; The Black Crowes; Lenny Kravitz; Neil Young.
These classic rock influences, along with the independent spirit that is nurtured in a rural environment, are the roots from which I draw my unique bass style and my approach to rhythm, melody, and harmony.
That style became even more profound after I moved to New York City in 2003.
Suffering with a broken foot that was the result of slipping off a boulder rock climbing hold a month before (remember what I said about that independent upstate spirit?!), my brother helped me hobble into Guitar Center. We hobbled out with a bass, an amp, and Mel Bay’s Book to the Blues. I immediately fell in love with the bass and began to take lessons from various professionals around NYC: John Carey, Conrad Korsch, Tony Conniff, and Mike Visceglia. I immersed myself in the energy of the city and the culture of live performance, seeing as many shows in as many clubs as I could. In 2004, I joined my first band, Killing Phantoms with my brother. Since then, I’ve played in many of New York’s finest (and plenty of not-so-fine) venues with many talented musicians.
I’m currently working on several rocking projects.
These days I’m fighting the injustice of the world with my on-going project of being the best kick-ass mom I can to an amazing daughter; teaching her about this big world we live in, and along the way the beautiful power music can have.
On My Mind
Mags reached out to ask me to do a Canadian Music Expert Quarantine guest post. Which kills me because despite her always calling me that, I’m no expert, just a Canadian who loves her music. Like most of us, it’s a huge factor in keeping sane throughout this pandemic. Mags said to go with my Top 5, which is crazy hard to pick. I’m also gonna assume that most people here are American. There’s a tonne (yep, that’s metric) of huge Canadian bands that you guys already know, so why bother with that? I figured I’d go through the vaults for some lesser-knowns. Well, lesser known south of the border, but to millions of Canadians, these songs are touchstones.