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Commonly Asked Questions

How long have you been playing?
Started playing piano when I was in grade school - got serious when I was 15 and began writing songs and playing in bands.  A few years later I caught the singing bug.

What was the first concert you ever went to?
Either Beatlemania or the Bay City Rollers in 1977 - not sure which.  I would have been 11 or 12.

How many concerts a year do you go to?
None.  I stopped going a few years ago to protect my hearing.

What gear do you use?
Favorite keyboards that I've used over the years are a Korg 01/W synth - more recently the Korg M50 - and a Hammond M3 organ w/ Leslie 147.  My studio is computer-based so I use lots of virtual instruments these days.  For vocals I use Gefell and Neumann mics.

Who was your biggest musical influence?
Would have to say Keith Emerson - not that I can play like him - but just in terms of opening my mind to what was possible in rock music.

Do you play live?
Not anymore.  I stopped in the late '90s and started concentrating on recording projects instead.  I came "out of retirement" to front a friend's band for a couple of showcases in 2015, and a festival slot a year later.

How many total gigs have you played?
Maybe 50?  About half as a keyboard player and half as a lead singer.  My bands never lasted that long.

What's the biggest audience you ever performed to?  What's the smallest?
Biggest was a few hundred at the Terra Incognita festival in Quebec, 2016.  Smallest was at New York's famous CBGB club during the '80s, where the band members outnumbered the audience.

Is music your profession?  Do you make any part of your income from it?
No.  I didn't like doing the things that you needed to do to make money at it.

What musical aspirations do you have?
Just to stay creative - keep trying new ideas.

You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you.  What do you pick?
Point of Know Return, by Kansas.