Mama's Mini-Interview with ForNull

If you give a boy an axe, he’ll want a bass and organ to go with it.

If you give him a bass and organ, he’ll want a 2-track reel-to-reel recorder.

If you give him a 2-track reel-to-reel recorder,

you’ll end up buying him a 4-track cassette recorder

– and THEN an even BETTER 4-track!

Here begins the story of prolific virtuoso ForNull; master composer, guitarist, bassist, pianist, music-maker, collaborator, producer, video-maker, and streamer. (And I probably missed something on that list!) I’ve said before that this gentleman can just reach into a hat and pull out a genre and execute a compelling piece of music that fits perfectly—but not in a cookie-cutter way, but with his own signature touch.

1. When did you start making music?

I don't remember the exact age, but pre-teens for sure. My Dad taught me how to play some songs on the bass, organ, and guitar. I would play bass sometimes while my dad played guitar. I became aware of the idea that I could "invent" my own songs, and that got me very excited and motivated to make my own music, probably around 12-13. I used two cassette players to bounce tracks back and forth. My dad saw me doing this and so he bought me a 2-track reel-to-reel that had sound-on-sound functionality. Later he bought me a 4-track cassette recorder and then later an even better 4-track.

2. What inspires you to make music?

Most often I am inspired by other people's music. The endless possibilities are also inspirational. Maybe sometimes procrastinating from doing yard work will inspire me to instead make some music.

3. Can you tell me a little bit about your process?

Usually, I start by recording some riffs (guitar or keyboard). There is usually a single riff/chord progression that gets me started. Next, I write and record 2-3 other riffs that can go along with the first one. After I have the basic pieces, I might add bass or drums. Then I start arranging the parts into a song. Sometimes I throw away some parts and add others, if it is needed. Once the song is structured from start to finish, then I go back and add leads and other embellishments. Sometimes the results of all that is not good enough to release. If the first draft/demo is not so good, but I believe that it is worth another try, then I re-record everything after working out the parts so that they are more interesting. I do a weekly music show on and All of my links can be found here:

There you have it folks, he even gave you all the links—what are you waiting for?!


You’re welcome.



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