|At what age did
you see yourself as a musician?
started at about the age of 13. Around the time
of the British Invasion
Beatles & The Stones influenced a lot of
young kids to turn to music in the mid 60s.
were your influences?
d listen to Led Zep, Beatles, Stones,
Cream, Sly & the Family Stone, Jethro Tull
and I also listened to Jazz ... I
aspired to be a Jazz Cat, I played the flute.
was your first band?
3rd grade I had a band called the
4 of US We originally had 4 members
but I had kicked out the lead singer cause he
never came to practice
we only had one gig
, a birthday party ..we each made $5.00
mother took 1/2.. she gave me a valuble early
lesson on the music biz
boy was she right
you ever imagine yourself composing song tracks
for horror films or any other types of films?
did. Many of my early songs had a dark feel
I used synths mixed with Rock guitars before many
of my peers did
Rock Guitars & strings
was a no no
any of your music been used in films before
closest I came was I wrote TV themes and Jingles
for about 15 years. I wrote for all the products
in pop culture, including toys with a Horror
theme. Battles Trolls, It
from the Pit, Monster Face,
did you get the job composing the songs for
'Sleepaway Camp' which were "Tonight
Youre Mine", "Take a Chance"
and "Angelas Theme: Youre Just
What Ive Been Looking For"?
met Robert Hiltzik (CREATOR/WRITER/ DIRECTOR)
thru a friend and he like my rock songs and also
what I was planning to write for the movie
you wrote the "Angela's Theme" song
were you looking at the script and relating it to
writing the song?
had the complete script but a few pages at the
end... That was TOP SECRET... I figured it out
... And some how I wrote a lyric that was close
to perfect to what was filmed
loved the synthesizer music. Were you thinking
this would sound great for a horror film? It
certainly had a creepy edge to it.
was broke then all I had to work with was a cheap
old Casio keyboard and a cheap drum machine. I
played my guitar through a reel-to-reel tape
recorder to get the distortion; I slashed the
speaker with a razor blade to get the distortion.
dad was so pissed I did that
wasnt really blessed with the gear I have
heres some fun stuff: What are your
favorite horror films?
ON ELM STREET, EXORCIST,
the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
And of course
. SLEEPAWAY CAMP
of all the three songs you composed for
'Sleepaway Camp' which one do you cherish the
THEME. It was written for the movie
you were a top musician for one day whether he
was alive or dead who would he be?
a tough on.there are so many idols of mine
I guess I wish I was John Lennon for a day
not the day he was killed
is your idea of perfect happiness?
. WRITING A PERFECT
SONG FROM THE HEART.
are your ambitions in life?
continue to write and produce music, making a
living at it.
having a string of #1 Hits .