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I grew up in Nebraska, and I was adopted. I’m married to my wife Jade, and we recently moved to Denver from Greeley. I worked fast food until recently, and now I work in retail.
I’m an upper middle class suburban kid from Lincoln, although I feel like my current state of mind and state of living doesn’t reflect that. Suburbia was my life until 16, when I started branching out. I was pretty sheltered before that.
The struggle is real
After I moved out of my parents’ house, I spent a while sort of couch surfing around the country, trying to find myself. I’d always been involved with the arts — I had done theater, and I’ve played piano since I was little — but that’s when I decided I don’t care really care about making a lot of money, and I decided I wanted to become an artist.
I was on the path to being an artist because I was struggling a lot, and struggle breeds creativity. When things are going well and I’m happy, I can’t write music nearly as well.
If you like jamming
My band is called Fathom All The Animals. My friend Mitch and I had been jamming together for a while when I lived in Wyoming for a time. I was a bad influence — I would convince him to ditch class to play guitar with me. A friend booked us to play an event, and we found a drummer and a bassist, and suddenly we were a band.
I’ve been in a lot of bands in my life, and I’ve never worked with a group of people where it feels like I would prefer working with these people for the rest of my life.
I’d say we play “soda punk” — I’d describe it as pop punk, but not obnoxious. We do more interesting time signatures. Maybe we’re more prog-pop punk. We’re not trying to be genre specific. Soda punk evokes what we are, which is bubbly and upbeat.
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