I briefly played bass in a band around the age of 16. It wasn’t until about 19 (6 months after moving to Los Angeles) that I started playing bass seriously after finding Alex & Prentice who needed a bassist, which came easy to me because I come from a background of playing guitar. And then we formed VATTICA.
2. Playing on the bass for you is… Hobby? Job? Lifestyle?
Playing bass for me is something I’ve grown to love because you really have to own it. When I decided to play bass I figured „well, then I just have to be the most badass bass player in the business, so I guess it became a lifestyle thing!
3. Who is your musical inspiration among bassists?
Duff Mckagan and Nikki Sixx, no question. Duff for his creativity and skill. Nikki for his live energy and overall persona.
4. Do you play any other musical instruments? If you start to learn another one which would you like?
I play guitar and some drums. I sing and scream as well as seen live or heard on our record „We Survive”.
5. Musical instrument with which you can be associated with is…
Well I guess now that would have to be the bass now wouldn’t it! Haha
6. Tell us about the projects in which you participate?
I’ve really dedicated all my time and effort and emotion into VATTICA and really no other thus far. Those guys are my brothers and it’s all of our baby we’ve raised from the bottom and we still continue to grow. I’m a firm believer in focusing your time into one thing until it gets to where you see fit.
7. What do you feel on live performances? How friendly and open are you with your fans?
My sanity is playing live. I get really pumped up about an hour before stage. And when I get up there I almost feel taken over by the energy. So everything that happens up there is complete honesty. I’m an open book, so I’m very friendly to each and every fan and extremely open. I’m honored that they take the time to pay attention to me, so they deserve my attention to them.
8. What do you like except music? Can you imagine yourself in other areas of life?
There is nothing else. It’s do or die.
9. Maybe other bass players or those who start to learn bass are reading this article now. Let’s talk about technical stuff. Which brand do you prefer? Does quality of music depend on the guitar’s brand or of the skill of the bass player?
I’m not really a gear head. I mean I love my thunderbird bass, and my sans amp pedal and that’s it. I’m good to go. But you can have the best equipment in the world and if you don’t put the time and effort in it won’t help you. But I just consider myself an entertainer. My advice would be if you want to be a rock star, learn the basics then go out and hustle. You can spend your life perfecting the craft in your room but then what? You’re the greatest musician nobody’s ever heard of. Just go get yours!
10. And the last question is about your musical dreams and plans. What are you planning for the future? What are you dreaming about? What should we wish for you?
My plan is simple, I just want to be that next generation rock n roll hero such as the ones I grew up idolizing. I want to be the biggest band on the planet and inspire people to follow their dreams! Go big or go home!