In December 2016, I formed my solo music project, Truth Assassin, an anti-Trump mix of punk and heavy metal, has been described as “killer, stripped down, in-your-face punk with [heavy] metal leanings and aggressive, melodic vocals.” I write all of the music and record each instrument including the guitars, bass, drums, and piano, as well as write and record all of the lyrics.
The new album, entitled In the Shadow of Tyranny, was released on October 13th, 2017, and features songs called Down in Charlottesville, Free Melania, and No Deal. You can read the lyrics in this PDF.
Checkout Truth Assassin on Spotify.
Since December 2012, I have played in Death Echo, a DC-area thrash metal band that plays songs from Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, and other 1980s-era thrash metal bands. The band has played numerous shows in the DC area, including the Grog and Tankard (Stafford, VA), The Pinch (Washington, DC), Tree House Lounge (Washington, DC), Mahalo Cove (Sterling, VA). Check out:
American Metal Conspiracy was a band I formed in 2012 at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, with two American embassy officers, and we played several shows at the compound from February – June 2012. I formed the band and the band name in response to the January – February 2012 killings of “emo” teenagers in Baghdad. More than 70 teenagers were killed by militias. Some Shia politicians said that heavy metal music was a conspiracy brought to Iraq by Americans to corrupt the minds of Iraqi youth. Hence the name: American Metal Conspiracy.
Sine 2014, I have taught beginner and intermediate acoustic guitar to inner city and at-risk youth at the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC on a semester basis.