Although JD’s dad eventually became a physician and the lead consultant on prescription drugs such as Prozac and Paxil, he had started out as a bassoonist and continued to play piano and sax in various dance bands his entire life. JD’s mom plays flute and piccolo; and, her mom played violin in a variety of orchestras in the Portland area well into her nineties. JD has played the piano, violin, trumpet, drums and both the electric and acoustical guitar. He performed in choirs and glee clubs.
His interest in music peaked when he became involved in production as a senior Physics Major at Colorado College. JD was cajoled into writing a uniquely, original composition for a fellow student’s senior dance class final. When he went into the studio for the final mastering of the piece, he was blown away. In fact, JD was so fascinated by what was going on in the studio, he ended up working at that studio for two years.
In 2006, JD went on to open a studio of his own in Colorado Springs, with an impressive mix of mic pre-amps and outboard analogue compressors, a ProTools HD 7 rig using a Digidesign control24 as its mixing interface, and, for monitoring, JBL's LSR 32's and LSR 28's. Working on many projects inspired JD’s debut album as a singer/songwriter. For his first album, 'Sundays at 1620' JD drew on the various types of music that he had recorded as influence. The album evolved from random Sunday afternoon sessions when a group of musicians would join JD at his studio and jam together.
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