NEW TIMES How long have you been playing drums?
STOCK For nine years now. I started because one of my neighbors had a drum set. I played it once and was instantly hooked. It took me two years to convince my parents to buy me my first set.
NEW TIMES What band were you in first, From the Top or Heart to Heart?
STOCK From the Top came first. My friends and I started it in August 2007. Heart to Heart started around the same time but I didn’t join the band until May of this year. We just recently got signed on Anchor 84 Records.
NEW TIMES What style of music do you play?
STOCK From the Top is pop-punk music, and Heart to Heart is punk-rock.
NEW TIMES Which style do you like playing better?
STOCK Neither, because they are both so different. From the Top is not as serious, and it feels like we just goof around. Heart to Heart is more real, raw, and emotional. They both have a lot of energy.
NEW TIMES Do you think you will ever leave your hometown?
STOCK I hope to tour constantly one day, but this will always be home.
NEW TIMES Any local shows lined up?
STOCK On Oct. 2, both of my bands are playing at SLO Brew.
NEW TIMES Are you touring in the near future?
STOCK I’m going on tour with Heart to Heart from Oct. 6 to Oct. 22. We are going to be touring from here to Chicago and back.
NEW TIMES Is SLO a good place to be a musician?
STOCK Yes and no, because the music that we are playing doesn’t get that much attention here compared to reggae and rap music. Yes, because there is tons of talented musicians out here. ∆