Born into a family of pianists, singers and music-lovers, Chris had the musical bug at a very young age (KISS and Yes were early favorites) and over 35 years ago decided on bass as his main instrument after hearing Kenmore, New York's native son, Billy Sheehan, ripping it up and redefining the way the instrument was played. Sheehan's constant use of octaves - an incredibly useful tool filling in the sound in a one-guitar band - greatly inspired Chris' sound and style.
Around this same time, Chris also started to learn to play guitar, which would become his main tool for songwriting, a duty he shares with the other members of DoDRIVER.
Favorite bands/artists: Iron Maiden, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson, Journey, Eagles, ZZ Top, Styx, Steely Dan, KISS, TOOL, Triumph, Rush, Joe Bonnamassa, Queensryche, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, Big Big Train, The Beatles, Dream Theater, Ghost, Kansas, Lettuce, Stryper, Opeth, Van Halen and Yes.
Favorite bassists: Billy Sheehan, Steve Harris, Chris Squire, Geezer Butler, Robert DeLeo, John Taylor, Justin Chancellor and Geddy Lee.
Favorite guitarists: Randy Rhoads, Joe Bonnamassa, David Gilmour, John Sykes, George Lynch, EVH, Billy Gibbons, Steve Rothery and Pete Lesperance.
Favorite Vocalists: Don Henley, Bruce Dickinson, Stevie Nicks, Ray Gillen, Steve Perry, Deen Castronovo, Tommy Shaw, Joe Lynn Turner, Peter Gabriel, Chris Stapleton, Beth Hart and Ray Alder.
Favorite Drummers: John Bonham, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer and Phil Collins.