Gravitating your big decisions to always align with your passion is key to a happy and successful career and life. A lot of performers have asked why I decided to create Audio Ape Remotes. I mean, I have a very successful performing career, with a lot of good years left. My simple answer is that I am passionate about show control. It is my dream to see all artists embrace great technology and free themselves and their shows.

Ever since I was young I’ve been fascinated with technology. Opening electronics as soon as something went wrong, I wasn’t always incredibly successful. But I always did get better and better through trial and error. Here’s a picture of some of my custom gear I have made for my show.

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Currently, I hire expert engineers and designers to bring my ideas to life. When I first started though I didn’t have the kind of money needed for good builders. So, at first, I had to design and build my own gear for my show.

I know now that this was a blessing. Working on my own for many years gave me a strong knowledge of electronics and circuitry. Now that I can hire people to build for me, I use the experience and insight I have learned. I can also dream up more possibilities and translate them better to my development team.

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I have used every product on the market to run my sound cues. Like a lot of performers, I always saw a hole somewhere in the system. Sometimes it was in the hardware design, other times it was the software side, but they would always fall short in some way.

I am long time friends with Carl Andrews who created the top selling show app Show Cues. I was working with him on a gig and he was telling me about his trouble finding a reliable remote for his app. Bluetooth, wifi, and other controllers just weren’t cutting it for real stage work. I went through all the ideas I had to solve his problem. He stopped me about 4 mins in and asked, “Why aren’t you building this?” Me? I am a professional performer, not an inventor. He said, “you’ve been inventing electronics for well over a decade, you are an inventor.” Here’s a picture of us randomly running into each other at the LA airport. 

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Carl’s encouragement made me take up the helm and steer into this new world called Audio Ape Remotes. The truth is I love being here, helping performers and constantly inventing new ideas. Audio Ape is just starting, we have a lot of ideas that will be coming in the months and years ahead.

We’ll see you at showtime.