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Overview

  • 3 References 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2015
  • Touring Musician in The Way Down Wanderers
  • University of Illinois, Champaign
  • From Chicago, IL, USA
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About Me

Hey everyone! My name is John and I am a touring musician. I play drums for the roots/ Americana band The Way Down Wanderers, based out of Chicago, IL. I grew up in Chicago and went to the university of Illinois for jazz performance. I met the guys in The Wanderers halfway through my college career, and by the end of my junior year I was playing with the band full time. I absolutely love to travel, listen to music, discover new things, and try all different types of foods. I tour the country with the way down wanderers in an RV playing almost 200 shows a year, and I love my job!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I am on Couchsurfing to connect with an awesome community of people all over the country. When I'm on tour with the band I oftentimes find myself seeing only the venue and the hotel room. The couchsurfer community tends to be people who are active participants in their local culture, and that's the side of the city we want to be a part of.

Interests

Music, drumming, fitness, rock climbing, the ocean, South Park, food, hiking, adventure, food!, trying new things.

  • culture
  • performing arts
  • dining
  • fitness
  • partying
  • traveling
  • music
  • folk music
  • jazz
  • drums
  • hiking
  • scuba diving
  • rock climbing

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: wow where to start... Here's what I've been listening to lately-
Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, The Lumineers, trampled by turtles, tame impala
Movies:
Anything by David Fincher or Quentin Tarantino. I LOVE horror movies
Books:
I love Stephen King, currently reading a great book called House of Leaves

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Earlier this year I went cliff diving in Jamaica off of a 50 foot cliff, definitely one of the scariest/ most exciting things I have ever done.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I want to share music with hosts. As a touring musician my life's work is to try to spread music to as many people all over the world as I can. We love playinng music for and with our hosts, and play quite a bit of bluegrass and folk music. Also we are happy to get any of our hosts into the show we play in your town! I also want any host to know that we can also offer you quiet. We are not a hard-partying band, and whether it's jamming until late or tiptoeing as to not wake a roommate, we are completely flexible. We also are folders of blankets and doers of dishes!

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Canada, France, Jamaica, Spain

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