At the age of 8 I received my first drum set and at the age of 10 I was in my first jazz and concert band playing set, timpani, marimba, etc. Drums had always came relatively easy for me. I learned how to read muisc on the xylophone/marimba, which at the time I hated but didn’t know it would later lay down my foundation for piano. When I got into middle school I had one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met supporting and educating me on music theory and multiple instruments(Jonathan Snodgrass) such as trumpet, saxophone, trombone, and I received full classical training on drums and piano where I spent about 4 hours a day practicing all the way through middle and high school.
In high school drums kind of became my life. I marched with JO Johnson High School, I played with the Huntsville symphony jazz orchestra, I helped establish a band program at Columbia high school, Played in Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade and much more. I practiced every day for hours or until the cops would show up to my house (which happened weekly) I received multiple music scholarships for college but Corps style band just wasn’t my thing.. It wasn’t until college that things took a slight turn. My friends knew how much I missed being surrounded by music so one day my good friend Jake Zhang now known as Jixzr and myself decided to dabble with a DJ board. We had just went to our first electronic show in Atlanta the first Mad decent block party where we saw people such as flume, Kygo, flosstradamus, diplo, and many more. Those at the time small time djs would later become some of my biggest inspirations.
We asked around for gigs without pay almost a year slowly trying to build a following until people started to know and like us. During that time frame we ended up getting really close with all the other DJs in town that were running things. At this point in time we became known as JODIOUS. During this time Bama bars were full of country acts live cover bands etc. We had a meeting that I will never forget at a smoothie king talking about how we could change that, that conversation turned into our first ever music festival (intereletric) curated by all of the local guys including jake, our amazing photographer friend Jonathan, and myself. Our first night we sold over 300 tickets. Shortly after that we were contacted by a gentleman named Elliot bell who saw big potential in us and wanted to represent us and so he did. The year that followed would turn out to be one of the best of my life.
Elliot set us down this college tour of sorts where we played shows all over the country opening up and playing with people such as BOB, ILovemakonen, baby bash, cherub, gents and jawns, Sam king, cheat codes, Og maco, lykwid stranger, bleep bloop, schlump, perkulator, etc. The list goes on. That entire year felt and still feels surreal but it is what drew me to this and what inspired me to do and be more. So after that ride ended and I wound up back in Huntsville I knew there had to be someone that had the same vision as me for my hometown.