Bio Of A R&R Reprobate
It all began at the tender age of 15 in a town called Hollywood.in a stale & hot rehearsal room at Cherokee Sound on a muggy LA summer day , I auditioned & was hired for an act called Linda Lee & Passion and was 'on my way'..
In the summer of 1978 I made my professional performance debut (@15yrs. old) at the Las Vegas Hilton as a backing Vocalist/Trumpet player in the "All-Girl Show-band" Linda Lee & Passion..I continued in my teens to audition/perform/record with & for local Hollywood/LA bands such as Arthur King, Bob Wills Jr. & Texas Playboys & Cobalt Blue
I also pursued an acting career, appearing in national TV Commercials for Coke Cola, McDonalds & Zenith TV. I also appeared in Feature Films such as, "Erno Toth's Old War" & Decline Of Western Civilization. Now 17yrs old I took the advise of my music teacher ,( the Studio Musician/Touring Stalwart Tom Scott) and applied to Boston's Berklee College Of Music was accepted & attended.(1980-1982)
I returned to LA and spent a few years "Managing" & Producing Studio Demos for local original rock bands such as Dogtown, House of Wheels, The Tanks & Impressionable Youth. My time in Artist Management & Production afforded me the perspective to realize my preference for writing & performing & so I returned to Performance/Songwriting.
By 1983 my late brother , Ian Cartmill had built Secret Studios a multi- room Rehearsal/Recording facility In San Francisco . Ian was also a Concert Promoter/Tour Manager Invited me to SF to assist him in all facets of his Rehearsal/Recording Business. It was at a Secret Studios Session that I met SF Guitarist Claude Palmer and began writing /singing songs, we formed an informal "Project" band that I fronted while continuing at Secret Studios.
In 1986-1988 I Returned To LA & worked as a session/pick-up player before forming & fronting my own bands playing original material. I performed with a wide range of Artists/Genres from The Korean National Orchestra(Stand-In Trumpet Player), To Tim Robbins & John Cusack's "Actor's Gang" Theatre Group, (Performed in band for 'Violence")Written/Directed by Tim Robbins & Starring John Cusack, Ficsher Stevens & Jeremy Piven, Carrie Armstrong & Lee Arenberg.
In the Fall of '86 I formed / Fronted my 1st original Rock Band, The Hunger, (I later formed Fooling Marie) From 1990 to 2003 My bands played repeated Street Festivals, Local Events & Clubs/Rock Venues throughout CA & Northwest, including SF & LA's Rock Venues:: Anti-Club, FM Station, Coconut Teazer, The Gaslight, The Central, Madam Wong's(East & West) , Whiskey , Roxy , The Palamino, Club 88, Al's Bar, The Palms(Bar) , FAB MAB, Bottom of the Hill, Chez Moi, Elbow Room, Amelia's , The Catalyst (Santa Cruz) ...you know, all the usual suspects
.I settled into a mix of low-budget tours, House Band Gigs & Festivals. All of the Studio & Live Recordings available here & on RN etc. . are either LIVE or LIVE to 2trk or were Self-Produced/Recorded using either rudimentary gear or relied on the kindness of strangers. Un-Mastered DEMOS that were NEVER "SHOPPED" ., (here endith the disclaimers).
Over the yrs I have appeared and/or performed with Sublime, No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dead Kennedys, Romeo Void, Mustard Seed , ZAKLEE DAT, The Verbs, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Stir-Ups, 4Non-Blonds, Out Of The Blue, Nameless Few, Sebastian Bach, Damn Yankees, Skid Row & ..wait 4it!..10,000 Maniacs (to name too many).
So , after spending all those years as a "Bandleader", playing every type of Southwest/& Local CA. SF/Hollywood/LA music Club/Venue/Wrap Party/Corp Events or Festival it was off to skimpy tours & "house band" rodeo from San Diego to Seattle from Santa Fe to Las Vegas until 1999. After all those years & mistakes it was time for a change, (I could believe In)
In 1999 ,I auditioned & was hired to Front as well as write/polish songs for the Studio Project Band BADJAK!.The project was completed in 2004 with BADJAK Albums: Crossfire , Side Of The Road & Live' 'n' Loaded being self/produced & released by Robert Long on his Label ,Electric Chair Records.
I now live in Palm Springs CA.. I 've been writing short stories, Film & Series Treatments. I'm currently in rehearsals with my new band Kill Hollywood. Kill Hollywood has recorded a DEMO EP for Booking & Promotion avail at killhollywood.com.
Member ASCAP ,SAG, IATSE