Band Aparte 02



  What did you parents do? What were they like?

My dad’s actually a plummer and my mom works at a machine shop so they’re very working class. They didn’t go to college or anything but there was always that hard work ethic that is still instilled in me from an early age. It was weird because my dad, he didn’t know anything about school and when I turned 18 he said, “It’s time for you to get a job”. And I said, well I want to go to school. But luckily I was able to do both.

    What did you study in school?

I studied philosophy and sociology. And then after that I took 2 years off because I didn’t know what the hell I wanted to do. I originally wanted to teach philosophy and then went to school for public policy and went into the graduate program in Cal State Long Beach and then dropped out last year. I was almost done with that but I quit. For music.

    So you’re fully dedicated.

Yeah, right now I could be done with graduate school and probably have a regular 9 to 5 working for the city but I’d probably be miserable. Next year we’re planning a tour and stuff like that and I might have to quit my job so…I can always go to school later, I suppose.

    When did you start the band?


Well, there’s 2 forms of the band (sips beer). That’s the interesting thing because I quit music in college, completely. I just focused on school and in fact most of the people around didn’t want to make the same kind of music as me or I couldn’t find someone that was willing to work with me. So I just quit music until I met my ex-girlfriend and we started playing together and that was the first version of Band Aparte. I was still in grad school and when we played our first show I thought: this is what I have to do. I got that spark again and everything else was put on the back burner. I didn’t care about work. I didn’t care about school, anymore. It was just music only and it ended with me and her because the music was getting too serious. I wanted to go on tour. I didn’t care about getting a house or any of that. So that ended and Josh came back in the picture, the current guitar player, and he was one of the few people that I was always able to make music with and we were in a ton of bands in High School together. Even though we listen to a lot of different stuff we just clicked and within a month we got all our songs. We’ve been together for almost a year exactly and probably have played every week since. We’ve probably played over a hundred shows.