I’ve been an editor and writer for my entire professional career and live outside of Houston, Tex. Before arriving in Houston, I lived with my Mom and brother in a little piece of Dutch paradise-on-earth known as Holland, Mich. Our home was a Victorian-era cottage within easy walking distance of the beach. Buying that house was the last thing my parents did together and allowing me to grow up where I did is still among the greatest gifts I’ve ever received.
My dad stuck around. He was a sculptor and art professor. My mom was business manager of the local college’s theater department. Between the two of them I had nearly continuous exposure to the arts, sailboats, and a wide variety of interesting young adults. I visited geodesic domes frequently and was John Houseman’s chauffeur-for-a-day as a 17-year old. One year later I moved to Houston (where I knew no one), felt instantly at home, and have been here more or less ever since.
A fan of heavy music since the early 1980s, I turned my love professional via a 1986 stint as stagehand at London’s famed Marquee Club. Years as an aspiring bass player or front man in local metal combos gave way in 1992 to my first paid music journalism gig, starting off at the top of the hard rock mountain as a US-based scribe for Kerrang!
I paid dues for the first year or two, writing live reviews and short news items. Feature assignments eventually started coming, however, and the first full-length article I did for K! was based on an interview conducted with Doug Pinnick in the run up to King’s X beginning work on its ‘Dogman’ album. We’ve remained in touch ever since.
Freelance assignments from Raw, B-Side, and the Houston Press became regular parts of my schedule as did programming and co-hosting Houston’s last commercially broadcast heavy metal specialty radio program: Rock 101 KLOL’s “Stagedive.” Booking local festivals as well as managing local bands and producing their records also became part of my routine.
I remain in touch with many of the managers, musicians, agents, and record and radio people I met over the years and still enjoy playing matchmaker between them when the opportunity presents itself.