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Hayden

(guitar)

Photo courtesy of Lights Down Digital

"We might not sound super-impressive yet, but we're working hard at getting better. It's OK if you're not into it, but we love what we do and we're improving little by little every day."

Having been described as someone who "lives and breathes music" by his high school music teacher, Hayden has always been attracted to music as it was the only activity at which he displayed any competence growing up. Being on the Autism spectrum, he usually keeps quiet about his life in his home town as his past is filled with uncomfortable memories of bullying, death, and psychological trauma. He eventually found therapeutic solace in punk music, as the loud and fast energy allowed him to scream back at a world he found so complicated and overwhelming.

After moving to Tennessee, Hayden found a want-ad for a guitarist at his university and immediately answered, joining Rafael and Colin as the third member of Neptune the Mystic. Not long after did they go see their first local music performance together, and Hayden immediately fell in love with the lifestyle. He made a resolution that night to work as hard as he could to help put his group of friends on the map.

Equipment:

Chapman ML2 Modern

Gibson SG Special Humbucker

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Custom-built partscaster strat ("Tuxedo")

Peavey Tupelo

Marshall DSL100H

Marshall 1960A 4x12 cab w/ Celestion G12s

Blackstar HT Club 40

Line 6 Relay G50

Digitech Whammy

Fractal Audio FX8 Mark II

Two Mission Engineering EP-1 pedals (volume and wah)

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Influences:

Richard "Mad as a hatter" Aplin, Chris Burden, Crash Worship, Peter Furler, Benjamin Gleason, Robert Inhuman, Spencer Lambright, Terry McClain, Les Paul, Chris Pittman, Trent Reznor, Tom Scholz, Tristan Shone, Mick Taylor, Raymond Watts, urban legends, the supernatural, mental disorders, dreams, the future

Other Hobbies:

Yoyoing, computer programming, videography/video editing, sewing, traveling, collecting old video games, decorating punk jackets, attending anime conventions

Favorite Artist(s):

3Teeth, Acidez, Author & Punisher, Billy Batts & The Made Men, The Birthday Massacre, Blatoidea, Chips Ov Oi!, Delvin Shade, The Ghouls, The Horribles, Jibber Jabber, Julien-K, KMFDM, Moose Knuckle, Nine Inch Nails, No Loves, PIG, Random Conflict, Realicide, Sniper 66, Source, Total Chaos, The Virus, Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Wrekt!

Favorite Album(s):

Anything by the above

Favorite Movies:

Back to the Future, It Might Get Loud, Ratsasan, Star Wars

Favorite Manga/Anime:

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad; Durarara!!; Hayate the Combat Butler; K-On!; Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!; Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; My Hero Academia; New Game!; Soul Eater; Toradora!; WataMote

Favorite Food:

Pizza and waffles

Not at the same time though

Favorite Drink:

Milk, water, fruit punch

Guilty Pleasure:

Old television shows like Leave It to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show

And owls 🦉