We asked him about music, Omaha, and what he likes to do in his spare time:
How did you choose your instrument?
Well, I used to play piano and viola, actually. But in middle school, some close friends were starting a rock band and needed a bass player. My older sister had an electric bass in her closet that she never played, so when she was out, I “borrowed” the bass from her and just never gave it back. A couple years later I got my first double bass to play in jazz band and orchestra, and the rest is history!
What’s your favorite thing about being a musician?
The trajectory for improvement is literally limitless. I enjoy activities with a high skill ceiling, and the fact that there is always something to learn and improve upon is really inspiring to me.
What’s something people might not know about being a professional musician?
The practice. Many people see and hear the product of sometimes hundreds of hours of practice for a single performance, which itself is built on a foundation of tens of thousands of hours of practice. And that practice truly never ends.
If you could choose another instrument of the orchestra to play instead of the bass, what would it be?
I actually always wanted to play cello. When everyone chose instruments in grade school, I expressed interest in cello, but I was told there were too many cellos and no violas, so that’s what they handed me!
What do you wish you had known as a student?
How to ask better questions, more often.
What do you like to do when you’re not playing music?
Playing video games, hanging out with my cats, running, and gardening.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
Honestly, I’m not sure about this one. I did one semester of college in electrical engineering and absolutely hated it. I became a musician because I realized I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. That being said, I could see myself doing something in technology.