“I’ve always been interested in music. Even as an infant, all I ever played with was musical toys. I remember my most cherished toy was a Bontempi chord-organ at around 6-7 years old. I remember in Detroit during the 80′s, I would listen to the electrifying Mojo (radio DJ Charles Johnson) on weekends, and sometimes he would loop a record by alternating between two copies of the same vinyl (seemingly) forever, I loved this.

It was a pivotal moment in my musical development. I remember one night, my friend and I were listening to him (Mojo), and there was a little loop playing. We listened for 6-7 minutes and couldn’t believe it was just this little fragment repeating. Well…. we went outside or whatever and came back 20 minutes later, and it was STILL LOOPING. This was an incredible moment for me. This little several second long segment was looping for 20+ minutes now. I thought this was seductive. Something amazing about this moment. I realized that without the distraction of constantly changing notes, I could enjoy the music more. I knew what was happening next. I found solace in the repetition… like I could finally put my guard down and enjoy the song. I didn’t have to be wondering what was going to hit me next. I was finally enjoying music. I was about 10 years old at this time. It was profound.”