Brian: I’ve always had a love for various styles of music, and grew up at a time and place that provided me with exposure (pre-internet) to the wide world of music. Drum teachers and music teachers would introduce me to different types of music, and also the histories and cultures from which they came. From there I would find friends and other musicians that would be into a bunch of different stuff, too, like, for example, reading Miles Davis’s autobiography, learning about the uproar when Stravinsky premiered the ‘Rite of Spring,’ and playing Black Sabbath covers. Pretty soon I was able to see that different musics are all forms of expression, regardless of stylistic aspects, and I could find ways to relate to each form whether it be emotionally, intellectually, or aesthetically. I connected most deeply early on with jazz, punk, and classical, but I think the first style of music that I really got into as a ‘style’ was ’50’s Doo-Wop. But, whether it be Biggie Smalls, King Tubby, Dolly Parton, The Misfits, or late Beethoven string quartets there is way to find a common thread that links them and also retains each one’s individual integrity .