BIO: SHORT VERSION
I used to be a musician called Sir Millard Mulch / Dr. Zoltan.
During that time, I worked with the greatest drummers in the world.
Now I am a filmmaker / video director in Los Angeles.
I am the author of 10 Myths About Introverts and So, You’re A Creative Genius… Now What?
I am a vegan, married to an Argentinian death metal business intelligence chick, and I eat burritos.
BIO: LONG VERSION
Before I got into filmmaking, weird musician kids knew me as Sir Millard Mulch and Dr. Zoltan Øbelisk. Under those names I did music career things with Marco Minnemann, Virgil Donati, Nick D’Virgilio, Morgan Agren, Paul Mazurkiewics, Trey Spruance of Mr. Bungle, Steve Vai’s Favored Nations, Eman Laerton, Dave Meros, Nils Frykdahl, Lale Larson, Larry Boothroyd, and Devin Townsend. My albums got great reviews in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Kerrang, and Decibel Magazine.
I was born in Willoughby, Ohio and grew up in South Venice, Florida. While doing all that weird music stuff listed above, I worked at family-owned print shops and a small advertising agency. I got bored and moved to Los Angeles, where I now work in multimedia design, animation, and video production. I run a creative production company in Northern Los Angeles called Bend Bars / Lift Gates. I’m married to a beautiful Argentinian death metal female human computer nerd. I’m a vegan, a lemonade-stand capitalist, and I love reading non-fiction.
My latest creative project is a feature-length documentary about Swedish drummer, Morgan Ågren. It follows Morgan on TWO trips to Los Angeles in 2012, and includes guest appearances by Dweezil Zappa, Brendon Small, Mike Keneally, Marco Minnemann, Devin Townsend, Tosin Abasi, Simon Phillips, Joe Travers, Raanen Bozzio, Daedelus, Milldrix Pulchers, Danny Carey of Tool, Thomas Lang, and Dave Elitch of Mars Volta. We raised over $17k on Kickstarter for it. You can buy the DVD on MutantMall.com or watch it on Vimeo-On-Demand.
As an author, I have a book deal with MWP, publishers of Save The Cat! and Hardware Wars. My book, called So, You’re A Creative Genius… Now What? was published and is available everywhere as of June 2011. On the other side of the spectrum I created and wrote a sci-fi / fantasy animated TV show concept called The Mysterious Octopus. And a sci-fi short story on iPad, Kindle, and Nook called Cuyahoga!
My articles / essays have been published in 2600 (The Hacker Quarterly), mental_floss, and INK19. As an offbeat journalist I have interviewed Katy Perry & The Matrix Production Team, 1999 Playboy Playmate of the Year Heather Kozar, Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt, Trey Spruance of Mr. Bungle & Faith No More, Billy Sheehan, Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad, Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Negativland, Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion, Rock Guitarist Steve Vai, Tim Soya, Craig Anton, Ani DiFranco’s Merch Girl, and Ween.
The most popular piece I’ve written was a blog titled 10 Myths About Introverts. I wrote it in 2008. it went viral, was posted on Wired.com and Owl City’s Blog, and has been read by two million people on my site by now. Many have reposted and taken credit for it, and it spawned a lot of imitations. Yeah, it’s my fault.
Another bit of trivia: Ever read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs? The character Millard is named after me. (I went to high school and, on occasion, played garage rock with Ransom.) The book is now being made into a feature film directed by Tim Burton. Release date: 2015.
Here are some interviews:
Interview In Some German Magazine, 2005
Interview For Xtreme Music, 2005
Interview by Blake Griffith, 2009
Interview For New England Institute of Technology, 2011
A Conversation With Carl King: Creativity Post, 2012
You’re welcome to send me an email any time. But please understand… it might take me a long time to respond. For a good explanation of why, read Why I Am A Bad Correspondent by Neal Stephenson. Now that you’ve been warned, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. But it’s probably just easier to add me on Facebook, which you are totally invited to do.
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