What is your hometown and what did you love the most about it?
Kalamazoo, MI. The Beer and music scene there is fantastic and pretty much epitomizes (and in many cases leads) those realms in the Midwest. Plus, my family is still there and I love those people too. ;)
What was the first CD you ever bought?
TLC – FanMail. Was a big fan of “No Scrubs.” Plus, what 10 year old DOESN'T want a CD with a Parental Advisory sticker on it? The Offspring – Americana was my next success, followed by Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP. I don't listen to any of that stuff anymore.
What is the best concert you have ever been to?
Dave Matthews Band 8.7.04. My birthday show at Alpine in Wisconsin. Fantastic setlist and performances all around. And coming from a guy who has seen 41 of their shows.
If you could pick the theme song to your life what would it be?
Finding Nemo's “Just Keep Swimming.” What are you gonna do, stop and let the sharks get you?
What is your favorite thing to do on your days off?
I like to write, practice, and record music. I enjoy all the hiking there is to do out here in Flag, and I definitely enjoy sitting down with some good food and laughing at our favorite shows with my wonderful woman.
What is your favorite thing about your job/career?
I enjoy the change of scenery with each and every production and the challenges that present themselves. Finding solutions and solving those problems keeps my brain from shriveling up and it feels great to win 'em. Thinking through and executing a good patch or hang and knowing it well enough to adapt to last-minute changes is a pretty great feeling.
If you could trade lives with one person for a day who would it be?
Astronaut Chris Hadfield. That guy is very interesting and holds live Q&A sessions from the International Space Station.
If you could meet and have dinner with anyone from past or present who would it be and why?
It probably wouldn't hurt my eyes to sit across the table from the likes of Marilyn Monroe or Mila Kunis, but the real answer is Monitor Engineer Ian Kuhn. This is a guy who has been in the business forever and worked his way through terrible old wedges on limited analog systems all the way up to 3D Sensaphoics in-ear systems supporting DMB in central park in front of 104,000 people. I have a million questions. That guy would probably have to pull the fire alarm to get me out of that restaurant.
If you could tour with any band or musician who would it be?
Dave Matthews Band. Laugh all you want at home, just don't do it in my face :)
What work superlative do you think your coworkers would give you?
Optimistic. I prefer to think of challenges/obstacles as “opportunities to creatively problem-solve.” Yeah, I'm lame, but it makes for a better and more fun workday!
What is one thing on your bucket list?
Putting together a bucket list. I haven't thought too critically about things I still want to do in a while, mainly because I feel very fortunate to have done a lot of it and more.
Who or what inspires you?
A guy named Mat Allen used to work here at Peaks and I often described him as the most infectiously positive person I have ever met. I had only a few months working with him and I never heard him say a negative thing about an individual or situation – I could see that attitude rubbing off on the people around him. I'm not there yet, but I am trying to reinvent that energy every day.