In an effort to not get beaten up at school, he started listening to heavy metal. Soon, he would ONLY listen to something if it was silly OR had a heavy guitar riff. His favorite bands were The Presidents, "Weird Al", and Metallica. John fell in love with a kazoo and a rubber chicken.
Later, he took those new-found lovers with him to Central Florida Bible Camp. There he performed a stand-up comedy/music hybrid with the band, "The Chester and Ozzy Experience featuring Matt and Mike Manley." The following summer, he co-wrote the summer anthem, "Mr. Tideslide" with fellow camper Scott Peeples in an effort to bring the missing tide slide back to camp. The operation was a success and the tide slide has been at camp ever since.
John continued to write songs for every talent show he had the opportunity to enter. He developed a talent for writing and developing a song minutes before it was time to go on stage. After graduating high school, through the efforts of local musician Rickolus and pizza manager Eric Foskey, he was introduced to a whole new world of excitement and musical bliss called Indie Rock. He realized there was a whole other musical world out there to discover, stopped listening to the radio, and found a new love.
He formed the band Grammatical Errors with his friend Cavan Hamill but the only thing to come out of it was the name and a mix CD of possible cover songs. John moved to Faulkner University in the fall of 2003. There, he started writing poems and taking voice and piano lessons. He later combined those powers to make songs.
He created a band called Unicode Malfunction. They performed an experimental piece at Faulkner's 1st and only Battle of the Bands. With an astronaut launch countdown and a sample from the Tetris theme, it sounded something like Devo in the club days. He later met kindred music lovers Walker Sloan and Johnathan Cunningham.
They collaborated on a few songs together as Grammatical Errors when they opened for Walker and Johnathan's full-time band, "And They Said" (later The Electric Veltens) at their infamous house concert. They discovered that they created magic together and continue making music to this day. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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