Tig often says, “I think I came out of the womb banging on things.” As a child Tig couldn’t be kept away from pounding on anything that made an interesting noise, buckets, coffee cans, magazines. At the ripe old age of 5 he saw the rock band KISS on the Midnight Special Concert TV Show and his life was forever altered. From that moment on, he was on a quest to try to duplicate every beat and every sound on KISS Alive. “I knew in that moment, that’s what I am going to do!”
His first formal music lesson was in the 4th grade. Drums weren’t an option in the grade school band, so he took Flute & Piano. At home he built a drum kit out of practice pads and soda bottle cartons. At age 12 he studied under the world famous instructor, John Rinaldo at Eagle Rock Jr. & High School. There he met Jazz legends Shelley Mann, Louie Belson, and his private teacher, 4 time Grammy Winning Drummer/Percussionist Martin Flores.
He started jamming with anyone with desire. This led to his first paying gig at 14 and his first signed act at 16 Aaronsrod (Roadrunner/CBS).
It’s been a constant stream of bands, recording sessions, and tours ever since. “I basically said YES to everything my schedule would allow”. Here’s a partial list of the acts Tig has toured and recorded with in the last 10 years:
- Drug Of Choice
- Kevin Martin & The Hiwatts (Candlebox)
- Maiya Sykes
- The Motels
- Molly Zenobia
- Bow Wow Wow
- Billy Vera & The Beaters
- Gene Loves Jezebel
As an accomplished sound engineer, producer and musician, Tig aspires to serve the song rather than the ego. If asked to sum it up he’ll say “it’s all about conveying emotion through sound”.
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