Born: 05.29.1975, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, Vocals
From as far back as I can remember, I have always had a love for music. The television was rarely on, and when it was it was Sesame Street, The New Zoo Review or another PBS children's show. My mother loved to listen to LPs as she did housework, Art's and Crafts with me, and even when teaching me my ABCs and 123's. We listened to everything imaginable.
At age 7 I decided I wanted to learn the guitar, so my Mom bought me one and hired a teacher. Like most kids, it didn't last too long, but even though I didn't keep up with the lessons, I still did the exercises in the book and my talents started to expand. In 4th grade, I took up the clarinet and loved it. By High School I was playing the Contra-Alto Bass Clarinet - Big name, even bigger instrument. There was little music for it at high school level, so my teach taught me how to transpose Tuba music into my instrument's Clef. This only proved to spark my love of music more, and by my senior year, I had more music credits than any other subject. Including both bands and music theory. I spent two years in N.J.R.O.T.C. learning how to march , salute and conform... that didn't end well, but it DID score me a scholarship to any music school I wanted. By January of my senior year, I had decided that High school was not for me, could have had something to do with receiving some bad advice from someone in my school and failing to mention that I had missed required subjects - naaaa couldn't be THAT!
Anyway, I joined a working band, Dead On Arrival, and cut my teeth on playing metal guitar. No, I'm not a conventional guitarist, but it was fun while it lasted. I took away with me a lot of important lessons from that experience, the dos and don'ts of being in a band, musicianship in REAL life, the works. Then, I spent years on my own. Managed to marry three times and divorce twice - hey, I'm a musician not a relationship guru! I now have 6 beautiful children and an awesome wife.
I started Pyrael in 2000 when I met the love of my life, Christina. I wasn't going to do much with it, just wanted to record my ideas and have something to show of them instead of just binders of lyrics and chord progressions. So, I started recording, and... I sucked at it. BUT the studio cost was right, and I had all the time in the world, and being that I was disgusted with the lack of dedication of nearly every musician I tried to work with it was the best case scenario.
Around 2006 I joined a web site called The Recording Web site, and met the coolest people EVER! This web site is hosted by the Recording Institute of Detroit, which is ran by none other than Motown Mastering Engineer and Founder of Superdisc Mastering, Robert Dennis Sr. He and his son, Robert Dennis Jr. (How'd you guess?) Run the institute and hold both online and on location training for Studio Engineers. What an awesome place to learn how to REALLY record!
While I learned all I could, I made some very important friends. Specifically, Frank Fisher and Stephen Baldasarre. Stephen seemed to be the most interested in giving detailed explainations on the how's and whys. I really learned a lot from him and later discovered how excellent a musician he is. Frank was quiet, but always watching. He said little, but when he posted, it taught volumes. After a few years of learning all I could, I managed to win a contest held by the web site and sponsored by RID. My prize was certification as a Pro Audio Specialist. I soon decided that I should record for real (as in seriously) and release an album.
Frank was so impressed with my work, that he offered to "play with it" and at the time I figured, "what the hell, right?". The mix Frank sent back to me gave me shivers! I immediately asked him to mix the album for me and we settled on a really great price. I then approached Stephen about mastering the completed album and he was happy to accept. A few months later, I decided I hated the programmed drum machine crap I was working with and asked Stephen to record real drums. The rest is history.