When you started playing music you were only 12 years old, what influenced you to start?
Jeff- I was actually 4 years old when I started playing instruments and 12 when I started playing in bands, my influence was the fact that I couldn't put it down.
Punk Globe- So were you like one of those people who could just pick up an instrument and know how the sound worked immediately?
Jeff- At first no, but by the time I got to guitar I could just pick it up and play.
Punk Globe- How were you introduced to punk rock music?
Jeff- I was introduced to it by Jesse Michaels, and Aaron Elliot, when I first started playing in Crimpshrine, I wasn't allowed to go to shows up until the 8th grade, and even then I could only go to some.
Punk Globe- You and Jesse have been jamming together for a while, every since you've been about 12, would you say you guys share a similar view on punk rock?
Jeff- Yeah I'd say we share a similar view, but it's pretty hard to get an opinion out of him now these days. As for me, I'm not to sure what to think just feel that people are being introduced to it the wrong way.
Punk Globe- Why do you think that?
Jeff- 15 years ago people would go out and get the music from the actual bands now a days it's just way to commercialized.
Punk Globe- Since the music has become more commercial has it affected your view on punk music?
Jeff- I believe it killed punk rock.
Punk Globe- You had an aggressive vocal style when you were playing in Crimpshrine, why did you switch it up when you started singing for Fifteen.
Jeff- I was actually beginning to lose my voice when I started singing for Fifteen so I kinda had to.
How was it like playing in a punk band in the 90s compared to the 80s?
Jeff- A lot better, people were more politically active and they weren't as drunk as they were in the 80s.
Punk Globe- During the 80s there was a punk metal cross over, would you say metal influenced the East Bay punk scene?
Jeff- Yeah definitely, at party's and shows I'd run into members of Metallica and Primus all the time including in the East Bay area.
Punk Globe- Could you describe to me what was going on in Berkley CA when you wrote "Welcome to Berkley?" I noticed you referred to it being like a "Punk Rock Wonderland."
Jeff- In '94 or '95 a lot of people moved here, and people found it a little weird how you could just run into anyone in the East Bay.
Punk Globe- So my man, 27 albums and tons of recordings, you definitely have a shit ton of music out there. Which albums stick out to you the most?
Jeff- Survivor and Lucky stick out to me the most, but I don't try to compare my music to one another to often. I like them all about the same.
Punk Globe - Does it feel like you've accomplished a lot through your time spent playing in Fifteen?
Jeff- Yes, other than creating a lot of plastic.
Punk Globe- So you've been on the down low for a little while my man, any plans on recording anything new or starting a new band?
Jeff- Eventually I plan on starting a new band and recording new music, but I don't plan on producing, anything new stuff will be available online.
Punk Globe- So man I gotta say, 15 members overall played in the band Fifteen, doesn't that seem just a little weird?
Jeff- Yeah you know I never counted till after words.
Punk Globe- So other than music, what goals are you looking to achieve currently?
Jeff- I've been going to school since 2003 to become a nurse, and now I'm working to become a nurse practitioner. Sold everything I had in 2000 to buy a house and raise my children.