I was born in Seattle, but grew up in Ithaca. That’s a small college town in upstate New York, and it’s still possibly my favorite place on Earth. It was where this whole music thing started.
My brother and I both loved music from a very early age. Our mom is a singer, and our dad had a truly incredible record collection that he made us many mixtapes from. We’d also always had a piano in the house, so I’ve been banging on keys for as long as I can remember. In my early teen years, I started discovering how much fun it was to play with other musicians. We were all pretty bad at first, but after a year or two, I had a few amateur bands I played with. My brother and I finally started making music with each other, and I guess we’ve just never stopped.
We had decided to move to New York City to try and make it as a band, but of course, we knew we had to have real jobs in the meantime. So before NYC, I took a two-year course at a school specifically designed to teach blind and visually impaired people how to tune, repair and rebuild pianos. It turned out to be a fantastic job that I was good at and enjoyed a lot, but I still really wanted to PLAY piano for a living instead.
Finally, a radio DJ in Norfolk, VA started playing a song of ours on the air, and it was a big hit in that city. Imagine Dragons happened to be playing a show there not too long after, and heard our music. They liked it enough to bring us to the attention of their record label, who then signed us. It was then that things really went into high gear.
We’ve been writing music and touring ever since, and it’s been crazy. There are ups and downs, but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. Well, maybe except being an astronaut or something. We are about to put out our second album, and we’re back on the road again. Hopefully, this journey is nowhere near over, ‘cause I’m in this for the long haul baby!