He bought the book Guitar For Dummies when he was 12 yeasr old. He was influenced by Elliott Smith and Ben Gibbard to add songwriting to his repertoire.
He co-wrote the song "Geronimo" which was featured in the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.
He grew up in the northwestern suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
He was already a friend of George Sheppard before officially joining the group.