i started with classical piano training at the age of 5, moved to rock music in my early teenage years and learned the electric and acoustic guitar, bass as well as drums. Towards my late teens i began to explore more world music which set me on my lifelong addiction to finding rare music from the farthest corners of the world. Being a touring musician, i have been fortunate to be in countries all around the globe, which allows me to feed my other addiction... collecting musical instruments. My collection is somewhere around 150 unique instruments from many different countries and cultures. All these different sounds are openings to the music i make at home.
There are so many artists i consider heroes but it's too long to list unfortunately. But i have always found myself referring to “The Doors” as far as my musical heroes. The 60s rock movement was a huge inspiration to me since my earliest days.
As i stated earlier, i have a vast collection of unique instruments from around the world, so really it just depends on what mood i'm in on that particular night of working. Lately i have been gravitating to my vintage organs, the banjo, and Malian drums and percussion.
i would just recommend being honest. Honesty in music is everything to me. Music should not be made because it is a popular style, or sound like an artist you love. Your music should be unique to you, and come from the deepest depths of your emotional well.
Since i was probably 10 years old, headphones changed my life. Even the cheap set that you would give to a child, which i was. It didn't matter if i was at school, or a family gathering, or anywhere else. Once i put those headphones on, i was transported to another world; Somewhere i felt safe and understood, and because the auditory experience was only living in me in that moment, it felt like i had a secret that nobody else could know. Nowadays headphones are an essential tool as a DJ and music producer, so quality is crucial.
The Audeze headphones have become an essential tool in my studio... i can’t imagine mixing my projects without them now. The quality is far beyond anything i’ve used up til now. i highly recommend them to anyone in the music production industry.