I first started playing guitar at the age of ten. My parents bought me a blue Jay Jr. In 2002 I started my first band, Crazy 8. It was originally a comedic acoustic duet with Cameron Izac. We played one of our songs with our friend Neil on a practice kit and decided that we wanted to find a drummer. Cameron subsequently decided that he wanted to play bass, and we ended up finding a drummer in Ryan. We began to write punk rock songs instead.
In late 2006, I moved to Kingman, AZ. I met Pierre Napier who had asked me to play guitar with the metalcore group, Heights Without Safety. I played in the band with Sarah on bass and Natalie on drums, originally. They eventually kicked Natalie out toward the end of the band’s lifespan and replaced her with Woodrow. I also began to work on my solo project, which was an industrial techno project in its original form. I released a 10 song CD called 7H3 31337 in this style. At this point work was continued with Crazy 8 via the internet. We had changed from punk to industrial metal.
Heights Without Safety disbanded in 2007, and following this I started another group with Calvin and Eric in Arizona. We created the genre “cavemancore”, which combined elements of viking metal with tribal rhythm. This band went on hiatus when Calvin and Eric began attending college.
In the mean time, I had become more skilled with recording and playing and started my first project over the internet with Axel. This project was called Electric ZeroBit. The project first took shape as I was doing an arrangement of the video game Tyrian’s title music. The piece was originally intended as a part of Crazy 8, Axel started insisting we do more video game arrangements. We agreed to do a video game cover band. I then asked Cory if he would be willing to do percussion on the project, and he agreed. Cameron from Crazy 8 also agreed to play bass in the project and Axel was assigned to keyboards. Cory left Electric ZeroBit later that year to attend college.
While I was without a band in Arizona, I was informed that Cryptic Decay’s bass player, John, had moved to California. Jake had asked me if I would fill in on bass for him. I did until I moved back to Arroyo Grande, CA in June of 2007. Cryptic Decay broke off into a different project after I left. I had also attempted to start an industrial project with Keegan, formerly of Satellite Trend Signal. We called the project Robotic Sex Kitten.
Once I arrived back on the Central Coast, Axel, Cameron and I began writing more arrangements for Electric ZeroBit. Cameron, Ryan and I were also continuing to work on Crazy 8. My solo project was all but abandoned at this point. I befriended Aimee and Robin of 1-800-ZOMBIE, and Crazy 8 had a cover of Unicorn planned. It was written, but never recorded. My girlfriend at the time, Molly, and I started a power noise band called KinetocorE.
In late 2007, my old friend Nick and I had started a hardcore punk band with his friends Elliott and Katelyn. We named the band Bad Taste. Nick originally played bass and Elliott was the vocalist. However, they decided to trade roles after a few rehearsals. Katelyn played drums.
At this point, Crazy 8 seemed dead. Cameron and I began to scrap all of our early material and decided it needed a change. One night I was experimenting with a breakcore track and uploaded it on the band’s MySpace. Cameron heard the track and wanted to make more. From that point on, Crazy 8 had become the only breakcore group on the Central Coast. Electric ZeroBit also released the Gauntlet EP around this time.
With the revival of Crazy 8, I decided to rekindle my solo project. I had decided to do instrumental metal tracks as opposed to the industrial techno before. I recorded a cover of the John 5 song, Damaged.
In early 2008, I was laid off from my job. I tried to stay in the Five Cities area, but ultimately ended up in Barstow, CA with my brother. While in Barstow, Liam Eefting and I had started ESProjekt. It was an experiment on Liam’s part to see if I could get more work done with DMND than Mercurius. We finished three songs in one day. He called the band ESProjekt for Eefting/Strife Projekt. I also did a small collaboration with KURIKINTON FOX. He did all the backing tracks while I did the leads.
Also during my time in Barstow, Ryan (ex-drummer from Crazy 8) and I also started a Nintendocore band. I had asked Aimee from 1-800-ZOMBIE if she would like to sing for the band and she agreed. Ryan played bass and I did the chiptunes and guitars. We named the band /b/ Rated Movies. I had recorded a HORSE the band cover to see how working over the internet would go, but Aimee never sent a vocal track. Ryan and I decided to continue the project without her, and changed the name to The Bionic Commandos.
I befriended Arthur Freda, lead programmer of the indie game Sonic Robo Blast 2, who asked me to do guitars on the soundtrack. Stemming from this, I also ended up doing the title theme for Death By Pixel. It wasn’t used. Ian had also asked me if I would do the soundtrack for his planned Left4Dead mod, Alphanumeric.
Near the end of 2008, I had moved back to Kingman, AZ. Cameron and I were still working on Crazy 8 material over the internet. We had planned to do a split with Humanure and a split with 1-800-ZOMBIE. We had six tracks for the split with Humanure written and recorded, and three tracks for the split with 1-800-ZOMBIE written with more planned. Neither of the splits were ever completed. Mark from Humanure had a musical block at the time and 1-800-ZOMBIE never wrote any tracks.
At the tail-end of 2008, we changed the name of Electric ZeroBit to Clash90. We produced an EP called Why I’m So Great under this name. In early 2009, Molly and I had relationship problems. Our relationship finally ended within a matter of months, and KinetocorE dissolved. Nick and I had ended Bad Taste, and I had not spoken with Keegan of Robotic Sex Kitten in over a year.
Clash90 and ESProjekt became my main focus at this point. Both bands continued to produce more songs, Liam and I finished writing the music for Research. Axel, Cameron and I were still writing for the first planned album for Clash90, Tyrian: The Revival.
Meanwhile, my father, David, and I were asked to play with a band in Vegas. The other band members were in too much conflict with each other, however, and the group crumbled in less than a month. My father and I decided to break off from the group and do our own project, which we titled Staff To Serpents. Cameron and I had began writing for Crazy 8 again, but only on our off time.
I was the ZeBOX featured artist for a week on the third week of April of 2009. ZeBOX’s domain expired a year later.
Pop legend, Michael Jackson died in June of 2009. I recorded a few songs in his honour. Sonic Robo Blast 2 was released in July of 2009. The OST was uploaded on The Waiting Room the same day. Soon after the release of Sonic Robo Blast 2, I began writing BattleToads X. It was completed on September of 2009.
In December of 2009, I released a high quality music pack for Doom and Doom II. It was mostly made for personal enjoyment, but I figured others may find use of it. It became unexpectedly popular and I decided to do re-recording of it as well as high quality recordings for some other Doom engine games.
I met Bobby of Business as Usual and began producing tracks for him in January of 2010. We recorded 16 songs of his composing throughout a year. I had also written a more metalcore remix for one of the ESProjekt songs, Psalm of Arcadia.
Liam enjoyed the remix so much, we decided to make it the new official direction for ESProjekt. I began to remix every song we had written in a similar style.
Cameron and I decided that we were going to condense our projects and combined Crazy 8 and Clash90. Since I had been doing game remixes with my solo project, we decided to stop doing remixes with Clash90 and instead focused on more of an original chip punk style. Cameron took the role of doing bass while I did the guitars, chiptunes and drums. We asked Mark if he would be interested in doing drums and additional chiptunes for the project in 2011, to which he agreed.
Liam and I also finished the writing for Research. We put out our first single, The God Machine, through Broken Synth records in December of 2011.
In 2012 Bobby and I decided to scrap Business as Usual and start a band together under the name Macrolion. Cameron and I also decided to revive Crazy 8 in its breakcore style as opposed to trying to work the breakcore songs into the Clash90 style. Liam and I are currently working on the re-recording of the first ESProjekt album now titled Research & Development. I’m currently working on redoing Sonic Robo Blast 2, BattleToads X and the Doom soundtracks. I’m also working on writing an original album for my solo project with Bobby working on the lyrics and vocals.