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

Saturday, March 9th, 2019, at 9:00pm

Playing with Slyboots Saturday, March 9th, 2019, at The Bitter End with Brick Briscoe. The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia) New York, NY 10012 / $10...

On My Mind

Magsofy – Jah Wobble at Elsewhere

People talk about honesty in art, about truth, about players’ transformations and how sometimes they lose their heart.  Not Jah Wobble.  No way…I’ve never seen PiL, I’ve never seen his solo projects, and I’ve never really paid that much attention to him. And then I did. I bought his book “Memoirs of a Geezer”, I listened to as much of his discography that I could handle (it’s huge and exhausting) and I saw him play with The Invaders of the Heart at Elsewhere in Bushwick, Brooklyn this past October. On stage he came off as the guy in the book – a straight shooter from the East End.  Jah mostly sits down while he plays, which I have to say – I  equally loved and equally laughed at. He’s still staying true to dub-step and playing hypnotic bass parts and I don’t think his playing has either evolved or devolved.  It is what it is. I started to dissect the show and the “performance” and relate his past to what I was seeing in the present, but that was a waste of time.  I concluded that he’s truly a geezer.  What I saw was what I got.  What I would have seen in 1978, I mostly saw in 2018.  I don’t have much more to say.  I really think this guy’s playing speaks for itself.  There is no hidden message, he’s not trying to pull-one off on the audience.  He’s just being Jah.  Playing the same art and getting better at it…or not, but he’s truly playing and creating from his heart. If you want a good read, I...