"Growing up in Ohio, did you experience a lot of that kind of adversity?
Well, I was never that kid that sort of sat in the corner feeling sad. I just always looked at things like, “I could use other people’s ignorance to fuel me…”
I hoped that if anything the kids making fun of me for wearing a Misfit’s T-shirt would just sort of spur me on to do whatever it was I wanted to do in my life, which from a very young age was always just to be in a band.
Seems like it’s working out for you..?
Yeah… It’s going pretty well. I don’t like to look at things like me being somehow different or better than the kids I grew up with. I just look at it like maybe they just didn’t understand… And the fact that I’m able to do what I want to do…it’s like they spurred me on and made me who I am now, and I have nothing but appreciation for them."