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“I GREW UP IN HERMOSA BEACH, California. It was pretty rad. I still do identify with that sort of Spicoli lifestyle. Stoners on skateboards and surfboards. Just hanging loose. Yeah, it's in me.”

“I REALLY LOVED THE PROG ROCK of the time. Journey was huge in my world, and Styx. The Grand Illusion was probably my first real obsessive-compulsive, listening-to-it-all-the-time album. Blew my mind. Very theatrical. Very down my alley because I was a big musical theater dude. And that was kind of a hybrid of rock ’n’ roll and musical theater.”

“I PICKED UP THE GUITAR when I met Kyle Gass of the Actors' Gang theater company, an outfit that was doing lots of amazing, exciting stuff in the 80s. They were like the Beatles of Los Angeles theater."

“THE FIRST MOVIE I EVER SAW in a movie theater was Murder by Death. It was an amazing comedy about all these mystery writers invited to this big spooky mansion in the middle of the country. They had Peter Sellers in there, and they had Maggie Smith, and just a ton of powerhouse actors and comedians. That piqued my interest in film. I definitely wanted to be part of that world. It looked like so much fun.”

“I WAS THERE WHEN THE FIRST VIDEO GAMES were introduced to society Pong was just a weird three lines and a dot, which doesn't really count, but with Space Invaders there were characters, there were aliens coming down. Arcades were huge! In the 70s and 80s, arcades were just heaven.”

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