I grew up in Rockford, Illinois, the home of Cheap Trick- the greatest band alive. I played the saxophone well enough to go to college and study jazz performance. Thank you, Adolphe Sax.
When I moved to Chicago in 1987, it didn't take long before we built Idful Music Corporation- a small but mighty recording studio in Wicker Park. That's where I recorded albums by bands like Seam, Tar, Shrimp Boat and Eleventh Dream Day. It was Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville in 1993 that did the trick for my career. Thank you, Liz.
Soon I was recording all kinds of cool debut albums for artists like Sunny Day Real Estate, Veruca Salt, Placebo, Red Red Meat and Ben Lee. Work with Smashing Pumpkins, Far, that dog., Menthol and Pete Yorn wrapped up the 90's. Thank you, 20th century.
In 2000, we relocated to Los Angeles, home of X- the greatest punk rock band alive. After a few years of bouncing around LA's amazing studios, we built Seagrass Studio in 2004. Seagrass is great and I've tracked or mixed everything there including Say Anything, mewithoutYou, more Ben Lee, the Bangles, Sherwood & Touché Amoré plus many more. Thank you, Chris McClure.
I like to help people make records that are inspiring, lyrically and musically. For me, rock music works best when there's intensity- a burning desire to bash out a message. It doesn't have to be loud (although that helps). Thank you, Joe Strummer.