I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me - like food or water.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
From a really young age, I've been a fan of music in the most literal way -- fan being derived from fanatic. I'm constantly listening, searching out new bands and genres. I'm a self-taught (read: not terribly great, largely owing to a lack of self-discipline) pianist and guitarist, and have played my own music and with bands since the early 90s.
My personal stuff falls under the moniker of Frames Per Second, and can be sampled to one's heart's content at SoundCloud (download away!).
A (mostly complete) list of my accomplishments and appearances:
- Played bass for Full Moon Blanket (1998-2002) and The Exhibit(s) (2003-present).
- Assistant engineering experience with Daniel Farris at Denial Labs (1993-2003)
- Session guitar work for Fischerelle, Barbie Williamson, Daniel Farris, Lunasect, including appearing on Lunasect's Points of Departure and a Radiohead tribute, Anyone Can Play Radiohead (track 13, 'How To Disappear...')
- Scored short films of my own (Goodnight Moon) and for Crewless Productions(Seven Year Switch) (both with Daniel Farris)
- Along with the Exhibit(s), contributed most of the soundtrack for Crewless Productions' Hide and Creep
- Frames Per Second's 'Theme For An Imaginary Revenge' featured in Crewless Productions' Interplanetary
- Provided the score (based on Frames Per Second's 'King of Shadows', reworked with The Exhibit(s)) for the 2011 Sidewalk Film Festival trailers
Like everyone else in the world with a rampaging sense of narcissism, I have a blog. It is probably of interested to no one outside of the voices in my head, and stalkers. If you fit one of those two categories, or have a terrible case of insomnia, it can be found at the Dairy of a Madman. Keep the expectations low. Seriously.
Here -- have another list:
- Videogame reviews and columns for ANT.com (1999-2001)
- Columns and reviews (sci-fi and horror related) for RevolutionSF.com (2000-2002)
- Music and film reviews, interviews, feature articles and assorted columns for Birmingham Weekly (2000-2009) and WELD Birmingham (2009-2012)
- Published articles for Spin and Mental_Floss
- Sidewalk Film Festival 'Best Screenplay' finalist (The Beauty of Distance, 2005)
- Sidewalk Film Festival Sidewrite winner (for short screenplays) (Muckfuppet, 2006)
Because I have to get my hands into a little of everything, I ended up making a few movies. I'll blame that on Chance, who was making shorts that made me laugh. I like to laugh, I thought. Maybe I can make me laugh with short movies! Also, as it turns out, cringe.
I've done some more work with Chance since then -- as a production hand and audio engineer on Hide and Creep and Interplanetary, and for a couple of 48 hour film crushes called 'Scrambles', where everything is done in 2 days , from conception to completion. I've made a couple of shorts that I'll probably never show anyone again, and a couple that I totally will (see below), including a documentary on street art (also a scramble). I've dabbled in music videos, too -- something I hope to do more of in the future.
I stumbled into this accidentally, and couldn't be happier about it. While many of my friends and family are wondering what they want to be when they grow up, stuck working jobs that they can barely tolerate, I've managed to find a field that I love, even in less-than-ideal (read: corporate, Southern, conservative, etc.) environments. And I hear there's a future in it, so there's that.
It all started either with a Commodore 64 when I was 8 or 9, or at TapeSouth, where the graphic designer quit and I ended up dabbling in designing and laying out CD covers for local bands. From there, there were bits of ad designs and cover layouts for Birmingham Weekly, and then the Internet, and an additional degree in CIS, and here I am.
There's an article that I read not too long ago that recommended -- to younger or lost people, I assume -- not to follow your passion, but to "Be so good they can't ignore you." (Steve Martin's words, if I recall.) I've worked for the past twenty or so years to be the latter, and am fortunate that I discovered a passion while I was doing so.
For my complete resume, you can visit my LinkedIn page (see Misc tab). Some clients I've worked for over the years, though:
- Southest Toyota
- Mohawk Flooring
- Command Alkon (building web-based applications for use in the concrete industry)
- Birmingham Weekly
- Bud's Best Cookies
- Intermark Group
- Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market
- AIDS Alabama
- Birmingham-based musicians including Stuart McNair, Lava Lamp, Lunasect, and The Exhibit(s)
- Kingfisher Editions / Beth Young
Note that many of these sites have since been redesigned by others or no longer exist; the list is presented to show the range of clients that I am comfortable working with, rather than live design capabilities.
Since 2011, I've co-hosted and curated a specialty show on Birmingham Mountain Radio. Specialty show is far less impressive than it sounds -- what it translates to, loosely, is "Shit that doesn't really fit our format, but the guy that hosts it has taken my family hostage and demands a weekly forum for his inanity."
Note that I did say loosely translated. I've never taken an entire family hostage.
Too much work, honestly.
So what's my specialty? Well, music, atmospheric, particularly of the heavier or darker nature. If you'd like to get a sampling, you can tune in on Monday evenings between 8-10pm CST (107.3 FM in Birmingham, as well as over the Interwebs via that ^ address, and we've got fancy free apps for Android and iOS, for those of you on the go). Alternately, if you're too busy burying your face in WWE or 'The Big Bang Theory' to block out time in your busy Monday night, you can head over to the show's homepage and see past setlists and download archived shows.