Can you tell us something about your background and the circumstances that led you into scoring?
My older brother was playing guitar in a band and they actually used to practice in our living room, that led me into playing drums when I was about ten. By the way: my later drum teacher happened to be my former babysitter. At the age of twelve I started to form my own band together with some other kids at school and we also ended up practicing in our living room. Since all the instruments remained at that spot, I began teaching myself bit by bit keyboards, guitar and everything else. At 14 or 15 I got my first Fostex 4-track cassette recorder and I started overdubbing my own stuff and since there was still no YouTube or anybody I could ask, instead I had to figure everything out by myself. By late high school the band had evolved as well as my skills recording with a Fostex E-16 16-track system and me taking care of all the songwriting, engineering and producing.
Call it fate, but about six weeks after leaving high school a lucky coincidence took place. A guy who worked for Mike Post, a famous television composer was looking for a music store in Burbank, California, and happened to run into the wrong building, ending up in my dad’s print shop. He asked for the music store and my father — who normally wasn’t all that supportive with the whole music thing — started talking about me being into music and managed to get his phone number when it turned out they were looking for people to hire. I called and they told me they needed somebody to cart and set up all the keyboards and electronic drums for the live sessions. And so I got in. I mean we’re talking about 1987, the time when Mike Post was working on music for all the great TV shows like "Magnum P.I.", and "L.A. Law". So I started taking care of the keyboards and electronic drums, setting everything up and assisting with technical stuff.