Guitars / Vox
The love of music came early with this guy. His grandfather and grandmother played the club scenes across America in the 40's and 50's. His father played in Honky Tonk bands in the 60's and 70's. It seemed only natural for him to continue on the family tradition. From the age of five when he picked up his older brother's guitar and used his thumb to work out Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water", V has shown a more than eager desire to perform. Whether it was in front of a crowd or the mirror, he was always ready to play his music.
He started his first "Rock" band at the pubescent age of 14 with three other brothers. Learning cover tunes from the likes of Judas Priest, Motley Crue, and a half ass attempt at some Van Halen. The brothers seemed to be a hit, at least with the neighborhood kids. V went on to play in other bands as a teenager with names such as Midnight Run (there is a story behind that one) and No Xcuses (in which he showcased his vocal and frontman abilities). When he turned eighteen he "loaded up and moved to Beverly". Well, not quite...
He started by moving to northern California. There he played with a number of bands, none of which captured the sound that he was looking for. He moved on to try his luck in Phoenix Arizona.. For about a week. No one said it was THAT fucking hot in the desert, so he kept moving on to find himself in the Tulsa area. Here, he met up with frontman Sam Schaper. After some collaboration in the band Raintree, V and Sam met up with an up and coming bass player, Bryan "Pudge" Daniel and drummer Jay Wilson to complete the current lineup of Fist of Rage.
V's main influences are George Lynch, Van Halen, Priest, Motley Crue, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Alice in Chains, Godsmack, and definitely the axe man Zakk.
V uses... Jackson , Charvel, Ibanez, and Washburn guitars