Q: What was the first concert you went to?
A: Joe Cocker
Q: What was your favorite childhood video?
A: On MTV I really liked Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” because of the really cool special effects for that time period.
Bands A-Z: Peter Gabriel
Q: As a child, what did you want to be "when you grew up?"
A: Wow. A bunch of things. A detective, FBI officer, construction worker, truck driver, comic book editor, professional wrestler and apparently a "fan." My dad used to work in this restaurant with a fan on the ceiling and I would tell him that that’s what I wanted to be. That was the first sign that I wasn’t a normal human being.
Q: Which song best describes you?
A: James Brown "Funky Drummer" or Dave Matthews Band "Tripping Billies"
Bands A-Z: Dave Matthews Band
Q: How did you meet your best friend?
A: At a self-help seminar.
Q: Tell us about your first kiss: who, when, where?
A: Wow. My god! It was with a girl from the neighborhood and I was 12 or 13. She came over and we sat on my bed and she told me that she wanted to “prepare” me for the dating world. So, we kissed and I felt really cheap.
Q: What's your most prized possession?
A: Being blessed with so many things including the most amazing, supportive parents, girlfriend and friends.
Q: What's your guilty pleasure?
A: 1980’s pop music.
Q: What were you doing the day you found out you were going to be an MTV VJ?
A: Well, I auditioned in the basement of the Boston radio station I used to work at and afterwards I had this strange certainty that this was something that was meant to happen. Later, after leaving the station, I was driving in my car back to my apartment and I was behind a car at a red light. For some odd reason I read the license plate and it said "4624 VJ." If this is your license plate, I just want you to know that it was then that I realized that I was going to be on MTV.
Q: Do you remember what your first day at MTV was like?
A: Ha! Oh my God. I went on TRL with Carson and was extremely nervous because I had watched him for years and really respected him as a VJ and as a credible music source.
Q: What advice do you have for people trying to become actors, musicians, hosts?
A: I would tell people that having a really great sense of self by virtue of being true to who you are is the beginning to becoming successful. There are a few people who attain fame and fortune and completely lose themselves and who they are in material objects. That to me isn’t success. I remember meeting Carlos Santana and was really taken back at how much of a normal guy he was. He is a true icon in music and his music will still be relevant 30 years from now, but this guy walks around without expensive jewelry or fancy cars and still maintains an image of success. It’s because complete happiness comes from inside you, and the sooner you realize this the sooner you can appreciate yourself. So, just follow your heart and be true. That to me is the true secret to being successful. Go for it. It's worth the struggle.
Q: What's the best/worst thing about being a VJ on MTV?
A: Best thing is free clothes, concerts, CDs, meeting my favorite artists and the worst thing is hangovers with an 8:00 a.m. call time.
Q: Growing up, what was your favorite MTV show?
A: Pre-puberty: The Jon Stewart Show. Puberty: The GRIND.