Rich Reich Project
I was born at the end of July of 1968, feet first at Albert Einstein hospital. I don't remember much from the first several years of my life but I'm reasonably sure I was a happy child. My earliest memories are of my fourth birthday party, hearing 'A horse with no name' on the radio while riding in the back of my moms Dodge station wagon, and watching 'Love American Style' after kindergarten. When I turned 8, my folks got me a cheap nylon string acoustic guitar and some lessons. Before long, I realized that I wanted to be a musician when I grew up. I spent the next several years learning Beatles, Who and Led Zeppelin songs by ear, dreaming of, one day, becoming a rock star. For my sixteenth birthday, I received a Bass guitar from my grandmother and taught myself to play. I played my first paying gig that year (backing up Chris Dentato, a local singer songwriter who also happened to be my ninth grade English teacher) and joined my first real Rock band ('Autopsy', the local garage band who covered 'Iron Maiden', 'Ozzy' and other 'Heavy Metal' bands of the day.) I got pretty good on bass but I was itching to play guitar. The following year I formed my own band called 'The Shade' which was like a 'Cream' / 'Hendrix' style power trio. Not exactly in vogue circa 1985-86 but it was what I dug, and I was stubborn. It was with this band that I made my first attempts at song writing. We didn't do that many gigs but we did win 1st. Place in our high school talent show at the end of my senior year. Shortly after graduation, 'The Shade' broke up. In the fall of 1986 I enrolled at the Berklee College of Music. I did this to please my parents as I had promised them I'd give college a try. To be perfectly honest I never had any intention of sticking it out longer then a semester. I hated school and wanted to get on with my life and start my career as a Rock star. As per my plan, I dropped out at the end of 1986 and moved back home, which of course did not please my parents. After a few dead end jobs and a bitter taste of reality, I decided to go back to school to study sound engineering. I enrolled at the Institute of Audio Research in NYC with my eyes set on getting into the music business from the back end. After I graduated from IAR, I went to LA for an additional 5 weeks of training in Audio and job placement. The original plan was to get a job in LA working in a recording studio, but I got homesick so I went back home and found a job in NY city, working as a shipping clerk for a pro audio sales firm. Not the most prestigious position, but at least I was still in the industry. Thinking I could get into Berklees famous 'Musical Production and Engineering' program, I moved back to Boston in 1989 and tried to resume my studies at Berklee. When I was informed that I wouldn't be accepted into the program, I dropped out again but this time I stayed in Boston to record a demo with a band I had started called 'Havana Cigar'. Unfortunately, I ran out of cash and had to return to my parents' home in Westchester, abandoning all projects I had started. After a few years of failed musical projects in the burbs, I realized that I needed a different environment. At the end of 1992, I moved to New York City and joined a band called IOCEAN. I had accumulated a number of songs and wanted to showcase them. The band liked my music and we did perform a number my songs at our shows but, ultimately, there were too many conflicting egos in the group and 'Iocean' collapsed after a year. After the demise of 'Iocean' I played in cover bands in and around the area vowing to never again play my music in anyone else's band. By early 1994, I needed a change of scenery so I moved to College Station, Texas where I had a friend who offered me his couch. While in Texas, I started to develop a solo routine and eventually got a few gigs opening up for a local artist called TY SUTHERLAND and played guitar a blues band. Texas proved to be a very strange place and it wasn't long before I moved back to New York penniless and completely demoralized. The first thing I did when I got back was look for a playing situation. For the next couple of years I played bass in a succession of copy bands that played the route 6 sports bar circuit in Mahopac, NY and went nowhere. Although I never stopped writing, it was quite a while before I found a suitable vehicle for my newer songs. Everything changed when in 1996, I met bass player Dave Roufberg . We had known each other from the 'rte 6 ' cover circuit. He joined allot of the bands after I quit them. I asked him if he would play bass on a demo I was producing. He introduced me to Ray Anthony, a drummer he had worked with on several projects and the first 'Rich Reich Project' was born. That demo eventually became my debut album. We did a few of shows in coffee shops and local bars and began work on a second CD in January of 1998. Unfortunately for us all, Dave died in his sleep of unknown causes before we could record a second CD. It took quite a while before I could get back into making music again. After an extended hiatus from the music biz, I decided that I wanted to make music again. My new record, which I began working on at the end of 2000 is finally nearing release. This latest effort features 7 new songs and a brand new cast of characters. Keep an eye out for updates as the saga continues. This could get interesting! ABOUT THIS CD This is the 1998 CSAM debut release featuring the original ' Rich Reich Project' lineup with Dave Roufberg and Ray Anthony on Bass and Drums Respectively. Andy Brock engineered the recordings and played the lead guitar part in 'Hide behind the lie' and Edward J. Murphy played percussion on 'Expecting Superman' and 'The border'.