"Our mom was in a folk band and they used to rehearse at our house when Alex, my brother who plays banjo in the band, and I were little kids. We would just sit there and soak it all in. Our mom always had musician friends that would come over and jam, so I think that's where it all started for us, this love of music. We really had no choice after that."
My Advice for Others
"My advice for those starting a band or struggling with being in a band is stick with it, don't break up. Being in a band can be difficult and the financial rewards aren’t always there, but it's the most fun and rewarding thing I can imagine doing. Also, never turn down a gig, at least when you’re getting started. You have to take those opportunities to get out in front of as many people as you can because nothing replaces experience. Oh, and always remember to have fun."
What I Love Most about San Francisco
"San Francisco's a beautiful city and there's lots to love about it. The things that stick out the most for me are the musical history, the architecture, the weather and how close everything is to each other.
Overall, it's a city for the weirdos. San Francisco has always been this haven for social outcasts, like artists and musicians and hippies and street kids and punks.
It’s a place where you can be accepted by anybody because everybody pushes the envelope.
It's a city where anything goes and people can just let their freak flag fly."
My San Francisco Musts
"Alex and I lived in a house right on Haight Street, which is famous for the Grateful Dead and all those others back in the day. The hippy ethos still lives on in the bubble around Haight Street and the Golden Gate Park. If you walk down the street there, get offered weed and all sorts of psychedelic drugs, all the time. So buy weed off some sketchy dude and then go into Golden Gate Park to Hippy Hill and hang out in the drum circle for a while, just to watch what’s going on.