How did your music journey begin?
I started playing the guitar around age 14 and I just couldn’t put it down. I just played until my fingers hurt every single day. I then started traveling around quite a bit at the age of 16 to all the local surf spots. I’d always bring my guitar and a surfboard and just practice, practice, practice.
When did you decide to make a career out of your passion?
At about age 22, it was time to get serious and pick a profession. That’s when my mom told me that my cousin taught sound engineering at New York University. I asked if I could go stay with him on the couch and go to his classes and read his books. She gave me the greenlight and I went out to New York to do an internship, and just fell in love with sound, music and engineering. I bought my first sound mixer system and have never stopped. It’s what I’ve done my entire life.
Can you tell us about your experiences at the Grammy Awards?
I was nominated twice, once for the film ‘Big Easy Express’ and once for a film about Green Day called ‘¡Cuatro!’. Both films were produced by Farm League. The Green Day film was beat out by a Paul McCartney documentary, but Big Easy Express won a Grammy in 2013! Big Easy Express was directed by Emmett Malloy, and an awesome film to work on with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show, we mixed it at Brotheryn Studios in California with Jason Mariani, my long-time music partner at the time.