John was engaged in music at an early age, playing French horn, Trumpet and Saxophone throughout middle and high school. When John was in Budapest, Hungary, studying economics, he injured his left hand. As a form of rehabilitation and physical therapy, he bought a guitar and taught himself to play. With influences of Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Rush, Metallica and other favorites over the next 7 years, he played as a hobby.
In the Summer of 2011, John began to write his own songs. He began conceptualizing 5 Pound Trigger as a reflection on life. He saw “5 Pound Trigger” as representing standing on the edge of life looking into the darkness, then coming back in to the light that life can bring.
He actively started seeking out like-minded musicians who love music and wanted to commit to joining a band.