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Clockwork Maschette, Wax Kings, Headshot Zombie, Resident Dj Smarty Kats Ypsilanti
9 Years Formal instruction Trumpet, 15 years live sound experience, 3 years guitar, Life time of listening
Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Leslie West, Dj Icey, Modest Mouse, Steve Aoki, Horrus Silver, Ray Charles, Kanye West, Wu Tang Clan, The Faint, Hip Hop, Rap, Electronic Dance Music, Techno, Jazz, Prog Rock, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike and the Mechanics
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I started with my journey with Guitar Center Canton back in 2007. Like most musicians I was working a job that didn't provide me with any real fulfillment. I applied and after the interview process was hired. I have worked in guitars, accessories, and pro audio. I love all things music. I have worked as a live sound engineer, DJ, and have played guitar in various bands. I have a soft spot in my heart for Fender Stratocasters, and Peavey tube amps. I have owned a couple of 5150's, and currently own a Peavey Classic 50w 410 combo. I play a beat up Fender Stratocaster named Sally that I absolutely love. I have been DJ'ing for 15 years, and currently belong to a DJ crew based in Ypsilanti Michigan called the Wax Kings, and DJ in the metro Detroit area to this day. I have a set of black Technics SL1200mk2 turntables and a whole slew of mixers, that include a Pioneer DJM600s, a Numark DXM06, a Stanton SKONE battle mixer, and a Vestax PCV003. I have toured the country opening shows for Donald Glaude, Charles Feelgood, and Bassnectar just to name a few. My instruction in music started at an early age with piano lessons starting in third grade, then trumpet starting in 5th. I bought my first electric guitar my freshman year of high school, it was a 1963 Sears Silvertone with the original case with a 5 watt tube amp built right in. I was hooked the minute that I plugged it in and began to strum the only chords I knew how to play. My dad started me listening to Frank Zappa at an early age instilling me with an appreciation for musicians that were extremely technical. I have taken a Zappa approach towards music my whole life practicing and research to raise my proficiency with any task that I undertake. I love my work and helping people achieve their musical ideas and goals. If you need anything from anyplace in the store please come see me I would be happy to help.
UPDATE: Well I figured I would bring you guys up to speed on the things that have ocurred in recent months. I recently played a show in Ypsolanti with the legendary Dj Assault. It was amazing, Craig is a total showman. I have a ton of gigs coming up. I will be performing at the Lakes of Fire Festival in June. I have a Hip-Hop Tag set with DJ Prophet Ecks for the Wax Kings in July. We will be performing with Sata Don Data. Also I have aquired a new guitar amp. I just recently picked up one of the new Marshall DSL40c combo amp. I am absolutley in love with it. I didn't know my Strat could sound so good. It just goes to show you what a little upgrade will do for your tone. Also if you are into electronic dance music I have been working closely with a radio station out of Detroit that sponsors events at The Hastings Street Ballroom in detroit. They are Sanctum.FM Check out the radio show off the record. I will be a regular cast member for that. Or come to a show you won't be dissapointed.
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