About Me


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.

I’m also playing in my own original power-pop rock band, Slyboots. You can check them out here and keep updated on our upcoming shows.


Shows

Friday, September 13th, 2019, at 7:30pm

Playing with Slyboots Friday, September 13th, 2019, at The Bowery Electric Spyder Pop Records Showcase with Bill Lloyd, Lannie Flowers, Danny Wilkerson The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery New York, NY 10012 / $10...

On My Mind

InterMagsView – with Dave Dreiwitz!

Heylo Bassers!  Here is another installment of my InterMagsView where I sit down and bribe really cool bass players with food and wine to talk to me about really cool stuff! My interview below is with Dave Dreiwitz.  We had a very nice chat over dinner this winter at Cibo e Vino on the Upper West Side and talked about playing bass in Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and of course, Ween. Mags: My friend emailed me today and said that he went to all three dates for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (JRAD) at The Capitol Theatre (January 18, 19, 20, 2019). DD: He went to all three nights?! What did he say? Mags: He’s a little star-struck by you. He told me to tell you that it was the best three nights in a row that he’s seen of JRAD. He’s really into the whole jam-band thing. DD: I thank my lucky stars for the jam-band fans. Mags: Are you a big Phil Lesh fan? Are you a big Grateful Dead fan? DD: I am more now. Monica (Hampton), my girlfriend, is a massive fan, and we’ve been together 17-18 years. When we got together, we would see The Dead, Phil and Friends, and I was getting more into it. Ween played the first Bonnaroo (2002) and Phil and Friends played right after us. It was the first time Phil and Bobby (Bob Weir) got back together after Jerry Garcia died. It was great. I remember thinking, “Wow, we just played the biggest show of our lives, and I’m sitting on the side of the stage watching Phil and Bobby...