“The earliest memory of my musical odyssey was hearing the song ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ by Motley Crue. I was 5 years old at the time, and ever since that moment I knew that this was the style of music appealed to me the most. However, I began to take notice of other styles of music. At the age of 6 I heard the song ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’ by Tom Petty, and while not as heavy as The Crue it still had that same quality of likeness to it that I could not resist. From then on I listened to everything that was being played on the radio at the time; Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Nirvana, Def Leppard, and even Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis and James Brown on the oldies stations.”
“At the age of 11 I started playing the violin and playing for the school’s string ensemble. That’s where I learned about classical music. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Vivaldi are just a few names of the dozens of composers that I have covered on the violin. I played the violin throughout middle school and high school, while taking violin lessons, playing for the string ensemble and symphony orchestra as well as playing solo with accompaniment and for various string quartets, not to mention playing at the 2001 State Solo & Ensemble Championships at Eastern Washington University. I still play the violin to this day.”
“When I entered high school, I started listening to some of the more popular alternative rock and heavy metal bands at the time; Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Tool, Pantera, White Zombie, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Sonic Youth, as well as the Seattle bands such as Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Screaming Trees. I was introduced to the high school radio station, KTCV 88.1 The Alternative, where I first heard the local bands from around the area I grew up in, including Loudermilk, The Ladybird Unition and Spydial. From there I also began studying the legends of rock music, such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Rush, The Rolling Stones, U2, Lyndard Skynard, and Peter Frampton just to name a few. Out of all of these great bands and artists, none of them had the kind of impact that The Gone Jackals had for me. They were featured in the greatest Lucasarts adventure game of all time ‘Full Throttle,’ and the moment I heard the song ‘Legacy’ I knew that I wanted to play music like that.”
“At the age of 18, my musical odyssey would soar to a whole new level as I bought my first guitar in the summer of 2000, and from then on I never put it down. In 2002 I joined my first official band, Paid Programming, with some friends from high school. Songs were written, jam sessions were productive, but unfortunately no gigs were played and the band dissolved once I made the decision to go to college that same year to study digital audio engineering at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from SCC with an associate’s degree in 2004 I met with Jeff Sitton, who played multiple instruments including the trumpet, acoustic and electric guitars as well as bass. We started having jam sessions together and he eventually recruited his cousin to play drums, and the band Chaosphonic was born. We recruited a second guitarist and vocalist Gary Fisher who wrote lyrics for some songs that I have written. We started rehearsing at Gary’s house in Finley, Washington, and we played a couple of shows. Unfortunately, Gary departed from the band after the second show, so Jeff and I began to revive the band from the ground up. We recruited a second vocalist, whom we played one show with, and soon our drummer departed from the band. We then recruited another drummer, but unfortunately our creative differences interfered with our rehearsals, and soon Chaosphonic dissolved. Shortly afterwards, I performed a brief stint with the heavy metal band Weapons of Mass Persuasion which included a performance with HR from Bad Brains before parting ways with the band.”
"Most of the songs that I wrote for ''Self Intervention'' were written while I was going to Shoreline Community College. Recording these songs were particularly difficult because of how they reminded me when I wrote them: having no money to live on my own, nobody willing to drive me to a rehearsal when looking for a band without my own vehicle, losing my Grandfather who influenced me to pick up a musical instrument, and the bad luck that plagued a band that I started from the ground up. Now, the songs have been dusted off and released on the album ‘Self Intervention.’ This album is dedicated in loving memory of my Grandfather, Herman Walter Terry (1912-2004).”
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