Flashback Friday: Default Goes Down Under

The picture posted here was from the first time we went to Australia to be introduced to the record label and do a couple of TV spots, in this picture Danny and I are in front of the famous Sydney Opera House. But what I’d like to tell you all about is the second time we went to Australia and …

Remembering Cory

Today marks a sad anniversary. On November 3, 2011 the music community lost an amazing guitar player, performer, and proud to say one of my friends. On January 8, 2003 my good friend, Phil Calfy, asked me to come down to Nashville to record on three of his tracks. Phil being a good friend of mine I jumped on the …

Flashback Friday: Playing for Gene Simmons

Back roughly in 2008 I was helping out band called Soul Side In. We got to do a showcase for Gene Simmons in Edmonton. Default was playing the same venue a month later. Gene is one of my childhood heros so it was a huge honor to perform for somebody that I had studied and stolen from. The performance went well, …

Flashback Friday: Jesters Revenge

This was the band that I joined when I first moved out west. My first landing spot was Kelowna, BC and these were the fellas that I started my first western band with called Jesters Revenge. We did this photoshoot before we even had a drummer, the guy to the left is Brandon Chesler. He was a high school friend …

Petric

We had the pleasure of shooting these brothers who are the band Petric. They are signed to Dallas Smith‘s label Steelhead Music. The whole week prior to the shoot was gorgeous and sunny. When the day came to shoot them it was a wet, cold, mess. Still though we managed to get some amazing shots at this great antique farm. …

Flashback Friday: The Brickyard

The first show I ever played with Default was at The Brickyard in Vancouver playing for A&M Records. I distinctly remember this show because the week before was the third time I had ever played with the band and it was in Danny‘s bedroom playing for Lenny B. Johnson from TVT Records, Jonathan Simkin, the bands lawyer/pre-604 Records, and Chad Kroeger …

Flashback Friday: Bus in a Ditch

This Flashback Friday I’m going to direct you to a video that I did. I was doing the video blogs for the last American tour that we did with Hinder, My Darkest Days and Saving Abel. Fantastic tour to be on, but that being said, it also had it’s scary moments; and this is one of them:

Flashback Friday: Trapt in South Korea

This was my second trip playing for the US troops. We had the privilege of travelling to South Korea with the band Trapt to do a handful of shows for the American troops. There was turmoil in the area as reports surfaced that North Korea has become a “fully fledged nuclear power”. Also South Korea’s Prime Minister, Roh Moo-hyun had just committed …

Flashback Friday: The Tonight Show

A day I’ll never forget and one that was extremely surreal, being on the set of The Tonight Show. It was one of the most amazing and yet stressful moments of my career. I was in the middle of buying my first house at the time and I had to get my signature to the lawyers by the end of …

Flashback Friday: Alice Cooper

We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy! The first tape I ever bought with my own money was Alice Cooper, Killers. For us to end up on Alice Cooper’s bus, in Germany, was one of the most surreal moments that I can remember. He was one of the coolest rock stars I have ever met and one of the nicest, most …