My parents named me after a hitchhiker, so becoming a touring artist and creative felt like it was in my blood before I was born. I was recognized as a talented classical pianist when I was very young, winning five Minnesota Music Teachers Association awards and performing in front of thousands of people as a kid. I was a punk poet, singer, and composer in Seattle during the early 1990s, then an Acid Jazz, Drum ‘n’ Bass, and Trip Hop DJ in Prague. I moved to San Francisco during the mid-90s and became a producer in the fast-emerging web and digital industry.
After winning 3 Northern California Songwriters Association awards in 2001, I formed the band the Night Watchmen, going solo in 2006. Between 2001 and 2014, I did 7 concert tours in Europe and performed countless shows throughout the US. I also wrote, produced and recorded over 100 original songs and compositions on 8 full-length studio records, 3 EPs, and many singles. Some of my songs did well on radio and online, which helped me have a large number of fantastic experiences.
Opening for Ray Manzarek from The Doors was a standout. Recording and releasing the first English adaptation of the Dutch song Avond by Boudewijn de Groot opened my world in ways I never expected. Dave Hoover and my composition Santa Fe Sky was placed in the award-winning indie feature film Roxie. Hip Hop artist and VH1 reality show star John Brown featured me as the vocalist in the song and video for his song No Games. I wrote lyrics for 4 songs on Nymphya’s debut album. Singing in front of home plate at Oakland Coliseum prior to a Major League Baseball night game was outstanding. And the people I met all over the world, who became fans and friends, was remarkable.
“I feel that in the end, there is no end and that makes everything possible.”
Everything I learned in the entertainment, digital and media worlds made me realize that I could help people make their creative visions come true. So, I created this business, and I have worked with and continue to work with a growing list of amazing, talented people and organizations.
To assist in making your vision a success, I have a team of excellent contractors in many parts of the US and the world who I bring in when needed to work as part of your team. Partnerships with talented and skilled people are essential to continue to expand the horizons of both myself and my clients.
I’m still a creative and artist myself, too. My most recent album Environments was released in November 2018: an album of nouveau-classical piano compositions I wrote after moving to New Orleans, inspired by places I’ve lived in and traveled to around the world.
I believe in a cycle of heroism and leadership; that we are inspired and aspire to be our own individual heroes. We, in turn, become heroes for others. It’s a chain of heroic leadership that can splash out into the world like a pebble thrown into the ocean, creating waves of positive change, art, music, words, and creativity around the world.