I started drumming initially at age 17 because I was fed up with depending on inconsistent drummers in my band (I played guitar). I didn't realize what I was getting myself into. I remember telling myself I was going to record all of my music by myself (by playing all instruments). I eventually did accomplish that goal. What I didn't realize was that drumming would soon take over my mind, body and soul. The power, intensity, and love I felt while drumming made me feel alive and as though I had finally found my purpose.
I haven't stopped playing ever since. It has been 7 years of learning and growing as a person and musician with my drumset (Pearl) by my side. My love for drums grew so deep that I started rearranging my lifestyle just to make myself a better drummer. I traded my old habits (drinking, partying) for newer healthier ones (working out, eating healthy), all just to become a better musician.
My main inspiration is music itself. Music is a universal language that touches individuals all on a different level. As a drummer, my duty is to be the heartbeat behind that movement. Drummers that I find capable of fulfilling this duty also inspire, me such as: Buddy Rich, Tony Royster Jr., Aaron Spears, Danny Carey, Dave Lombardo, and Mike Portnoy.