He is now a reporter for the Vallejo Times-Herald and lives in the East Bay, hoping to start a new band.
He grew up in Palo Alto and started playing music with high school buddy Justin Ward in 1992. During their senior year, they had a garage band called the Electric Shoes which recorded a four-track album called "Just a Bit Too Loud" (1995).
After high school he attended NYU for one year before deciding Santa Cruz was a better match for his creative ambitions. He transferred to UCSC in 1996, living in town for the better part of the next 10 years.