About/Bio

I'm a Chicago based musician, producer, and drum instructor. I have played drums, guitar, keys, bass, mandolin, percussion, and or provided vocals on over 200 recorded songs and have been playing live shows since 1998. I currently play drums with Katie KadanUncle Jesse & The Rippers (90's tribute), and I sing lead in Peephole: Tribute to System of a Down. As of 2021 I am releasing original music with Electric Villain and Snake Dealer.

 

I have self-produced over 20 full length albums throughout my career and have performed on over 30. I have played live with (either on stage or on a shared bill) and or have recorded music with Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake / Trans Siberian Orchestra / Cher / Night Ranger / Rock of Ages), Jim Peterik (Survivor / Ides of March), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Klem Kayes (Survivor / Van Ghost), Jason Schimmel (Estradasphere / Secret Chiefs 3), Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine / The Hue / Stratosphere All-Stars), Mike Keneally (Dethklok / Steve Vai / Frank Zappa / Joe Satriani), Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats / Dethklok / Steve Vai / Joe Satriani), Howard Levy (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), Fred Breitberg, Reverend Horton Heat, BailiffDon Barnes (.38 Special), Murder By Death, Fareed Haque, The Heavy HearsesIdeamen, The Dancehall Twigs, Chamomile & Whiskey, Radiofix, SMOKER, Stampy, Lobster Newberg, Jim Ward (Sparta / At the Drive-in), Lisa McClowry, Josh Woodward, Psychic Temple, Kick the Cat featuring Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), & Chris Siebold, Paul Wandtke (Trivium / Smells Like Nirvana), Chris Connelly (Ministry / Pigface / Killing Joke), as well as Cory Wong of Vulfpeck, among others. I am currently available for private drum lessons and or freelance studio session work on guitar, drums or production. Send me a message for booking/drum lesson inquiries. 

Career Timeline

1998 to 2006

I played drums in northwest Ohio and Cincinnati, Ohio in the band It Ends Here. I also briefly played drums in Holy Heart Failure, and had a brief stint as the singer and guitar player in a band called Along the Lines. During this time I also experimented with recording solo acoustic albums. 

 

2006 to 2008

I joined the Phoenix, Arizona based band Radiofix. I played drums on 8 songs on the 2007 album "Angels & Skeletons". 

2008 to 2009

In 2008 I joined the Chicago based progressive rock band Lobster Newberg. I played drums on the song 'Tight Rope' from the album "Actress".

 

2010 to 2014

In 2014 I released the album "Fin" by The Heavy Hearses. I spent four years recording this in Chicago, having started in 2010. The album includes a number of special guests with myself on drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. 

2010 to 2011

In 2010 I played drums in the Chicago based progressive metal band Glass Chariot featuring Brian Gilmanov, Marcus Rezak and Matt Longbons.

 

2011 to 2016

In 2011 I joined the Chicago based psychedelic dream pop band SMOKER. I played drums on the album "Strange Ways" as well as 13 additional tracks released on the "Monchu: 24 Songs / 24 Stories" project. I also performed live on an episode of JBTV with the band. 

 

2012 to Present

I co-founded the dance / psychedelic fusion project The Dancehall Twigs as the main songwriter, music director, and co-producer. We have put on multiple shows in Chicago featuring live dance and live music together. 

 

2015 to 2020

I co-founded the Chicago jam band Stampy in 2015. I played drums, sang lead and background, and played percussion and acoustic guitar on the self titled "Stampy" album (2017) and the follow up album, "Expectations" (2020), and directed the band's music video for the song The Frame.

 

2015 to Present

I joined the Chicago based 90's tribute band Uncle Jesse & the Rippers on drums in 2015 and still play with the group today.

2015 to 2016

I played drums in the Chicago cover band Thick Six which included a rotating cast of musicians from the Chicago music scene including Sean Briskey of Stampy and Bill Allan, among others. 

2015 to 2017

From late 2015 to early 2017 I played drums in the Chicago Alt-Country Rock band The Blind Staggers. 

2016 to Present

In 2016 I co-founded the Led Zeppelin tribute band Of Evermore for which I play drums.

2016 to Present

In 2016 I started my own solo music project called Electric Villain for which I play nearly every instrument and invite guests to appear on albums. As of 2021 I've released 7 albums. I intend to continue releasing music within this format.

2016 to 2019

From 2016 to 2019 I played drums in Mr. World, a Rage Against The Machine tribute band based in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Chicago.

2018 to Present

I joined Katie Kadan's live band in 2018 and still play drums today. I appeared on 6 songs on her debut self-titled album.

2018 to Present

In 2018 I founded Peephole: Tribute to System of a Down for which I am the lead singer.

2019 to 2020

I played some live shows on drums with Smells Like Nirvana, the midwest's number 1 Nirvana tribute band, featuring Paul Wandtke of Dead Original, formerly of Trivium. These shows included a headlining show at House of Blues Cleveland, City Winery in Chicago, and multiple shows / tours in the New York and the Chicagoland regions. 

2020 to Present

On August 10th, 2020 I released the debut single from Snake Dealer, an original music project formed with the guys from Peephole: Tribute to System of a Down. The song 'Blood Night' can be heard on all streaming platforms and on my music page. Additionally, on 10/14/2020 the band released a music video for a cover of the song 'Roulette' by System of a Down. Our version features Mike Morgan (vocals), Evan Walker (strings), Kevin Campbell (strings), Curran Allenstein (guitar), and myself on lead vocals. The video can be seen right here on my website or on YouTube.

I'm excited for the future and want to continue making great music. Hopefully you'll hear new music sooner than later. Please reach out if you'd like to collaborate. Thank you for reading and for your time and support.