Despite being born and raised in Macon, Andy has spent the better part of the past five years resisting Georgia’s (sometimes oppressively) warm embrace, first studying English and Communication Studies at Furman University in Greenville, SC, then teaching five year olds how to fall down a mountain in Dillon, CO.
After these two relatively brief interludes, however, he’s now ready to open his arms to the subtle details and local flare of his home state, having since moved to Atlanta to study Graphic Design and Illustration at the Portfolio Center. Although today he’s more likely to attend a noise rock or hip hop show, the first flames of Andy’s fervor for the harmonic and melodious were likely tended by a chance encounter on his ninth birthday, when he received a celebratory peck on the cheek from country music songstress Reba McEntire.
In terms of taste, he feels a certain romanticism for the early 90s – harboring enduring affections for the musical stylings of Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Blind Melon, At the Drive-In, and the like – but is reminded on the daily how much great and joyful noise is still being produced.
If forced to draft a list of artists he would go gay for, there’d be a throwdown for the top spot between Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, and if stranded on a deserted island, he’d probably kill himself with a copy of Grace by Jeff Buckley.