For The Love Of Phil Collins

Kyle (the drummer) says:

Hello Crazy 8s!

Firstly, let me say, I’m proud and happy to be on board this wild ride that is the Chaser Eight train. These guys (and gal) are some great musicians, and even more so, great people to be around. I’m lucky to have found them and even luckier to now call them new friends.

So what should my first blog be about? I know; Phil Collins. Why Phil Collins you ask? Well, he answers many generic questions about my life as a musician and why I chose this path as a career. A perfect segue into my introduction to all our fans.

Who is your main musical influence: Phil.

Why did you get into drumming: Phil.

Why did you get into music: Phil.

Why did you decide to go to college for music: Phil.

The first record I ever heard as a young lad was Genesis’ We Can’t Dance album (Phil’s first band). It happened completely on accident when a CD fell off a shelf at my parents’ house and I asked them what it was. I was five years old at the time and had no idea what this compact disc thing was. My parents put the CD on the boombox and I sat there watching this disc spin around and around while hearing these intense, full, rich, complicated sounds coming from fingers and voices of the group Genesis. As the time went on I believe I got used to this sound and slowly craved it. When I was old enough to decide that I wanted to get my own cassette tape, I asked my parents for Genesis. From there on out, I was hooked with this sound of Progressive Rock and Genesis. I soon got deeper into the careers of the band members (Phil, Peter Gabriel, etc.) and there was no turning back.

I started watching concert footage of Genesis and fell in love with watching Phil behind the drums. The power and force that he effortlessly had when he sat down behind a drumkit was something that I didn’t hear or see anywhere else. I knew this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a musician and I wanted to figure out how. By age seven I had my first piano lesson and since then have learned most of the Genesis songbook. I got my first pair of drumsticks and began slamming away on pillows along with Phil on all the concert videos I owned. I never took a drum lesson in my life. I taught myself completely from watching Phil Collins. His mannerisms, his approach, his playing style. It’s something I’m very proud of. And the best part was, he’s a lefty just like me!

Elementary and High School came and went quickly, I played in jazz bands and orchestras throughout my years there, both good and horrendous. When it was time for college I didn’t want to do anything other than music. I ended up with a Bachelors Degree in Music and studied at Berklee College of Music and Western Connecticut State University. I majored in piano and organ and minored in classic guitar.

Fast forward to 2015. Chaser Eight reached out to me. I listened to a few of their tracks, could hear that there was something there. Something good. I knew I needed to explore this and give this a shot. Within a few days I was on the phone with Audra and we had a plan. I went down to an audition and hung with everyone and there seemed to be an instant chemistry between all of us both musically and emotionally. I’m happy to be on board with everyone and I look forward to meeting you all along the road!