After high school and a few years of traveling around in rock, pop and fusion bands, I faced a difficult decision - whether to study Fine Art at Parsons in LA or Studio Music & Jazz at the University of Miami.
Choosing the latter ultimately had an ironic effect. I became adamant about not attempting to make a living with my music. I had seen far too many fellow students struggle after graduating - holding their principled art above subsistance.
This, and my inability to conform to academic programming by the university led me away from school after the second year. While I was at school and after, I was continuing to explore visual art,
pushing into desktop publishing in the days of Illustror 1.0, MacPaint, and PageMaker on the Macintosh, a rich, new world with a gravity I could not escape, and which ultimately lifted me out of the struggle of being a working musician with various day jobs.
After landing a 3D animation gig with a post-production facility in Miami (Limelite Video), I soon built on limited programming knowledge to develop custom software which gave Limelite a huge competitive advantage.
The app converted Illustrator documents into vector files that we could import into our 3D software (Cubicomp Vertigo at the time).
Thus we bypassed the time-consuming task of hand digitizing dozens of intricate logos for CBS - with whom we would be awarded a National Emmy
award for the Superbowl graphics package that year.
I was promoted to Director of 3D in Limelite's new studio in New York. After working in that position for a year, I left and founded So! Animation which, with my later partner
Lauri Salladay and my lovely and talented wife Yuria Watanabe
continues today to produce award winning animation.
I recently co-founded Icon Theory, a next generation branding agency with partners Zac Cherry and Lauri Salladay.
With this site, I want to share my music - which is my passion, and my story.
All of my music is free to download via Soundcloud, but please don't use it for commercial purposes. If you'd like to hire me for a project, session or have any questions please click here.
Oh, and I believe dynamics are vital to music - so don't be afraid to crank it up! ;)
A brief history of (my) time.
I recently completed the sound design for the Shadow Play “Feathers Of Fire” which premiered in San Francisco on 01.16.16, and opened at BAM on 02.05.16. Directed by Hamid Rahmanian with illustration and puppet design by Syd Fini.
Control room in my new studio.
My first "pro" studio at 39 East 20th Street in NYC. Circa 1994.
Feel free to email me with any questions, or to just say hello!