OCCUPATION: Music producer/musician/ recording studio owner.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born and raised in the Hodges Square neighborhood of New London, then Pawcatuck and Tampa, Fla.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Recording the Wild Sun record.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Recording, writing music.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Winning State and regional championships in crew at the University of Tampa.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Making great sounding records.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Spending a week or two traversing deserts in Arizona.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Guitar picks and an iPhone that I use primarily as a voice recorder and a digital notepad
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A judge.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My Avô, Jose Cruz.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Chuck Palahniuk
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Whisper,” by Mark Batterson, “Chase the Lion,” by Mark Batterson, “Algorithms to Live By,” by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths, and “You Are Here,” by Thich Nhat Hanh.
I AM LISTENING TO: Wild Sun drum takes.
FAVORITE MOVIE: “Shawshank Redemption.”
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “The Mountain Between Us.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The Wire.”
FAVORITE SONG: “Them Bones,” by Alice in Chains.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Thai food.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: None
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Kindness
PET PEEVE: Social Media and being late.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The immense amount of talent that exists in the community. So many talented people in relatively small area.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Notebooks, pens, microphones and guitars.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I won Iron Chef College edition and I love to bake.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: When deciding between going to law school or pursuing a career in music my college professor (who is also a lawyer) told me “Chase your dreams. If they don’t work out, THEN go to law school.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: In this life you have to call your own shots. Don’t rely on someone else to make your dreams a reality.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Surround myself with wise and diverse people from the world over and lean on them for direction.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Rip the ticket up.
I DRIVE A: 2005 Mazda Rx-8 in Titanium Grey and a 1980 Z28 Camaro built for the quarter mile … in black!
I WISH I DROVE A: Nissan GTR.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Water.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Mariska Hargitay, aka Olivia Benson from Lawn and Order SVU.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro