At Georgia Tech, I was the Vice President of the Musicians’ Network and played in a band called Seven Deadly Virtues. We competed in the MTV Battle of the Bands rising to the competition’s quarter finals.

The night of the regional competition in which we were competing, TV cameras and professional crews were on hand. In a way it was a bit above our league; even though we had played professionally, technically speaking, we were not professional musicians in the same way the other bands apparently were.

During the sound check, when the engineers set up the microphones for our drums, I could hear them comment on the poor sound quality of the snare drum. One of the competing bands ended up lending us a decent quality snare drum.

During the lighting setup, I wandered around aimlessly on stage. By accident, like some kind of MTV Forrest Gump, I ended up standing in exactly the place they needed somebody for each light they were adjusting. I overheard someone say, “Now there’s someone who knows how to set up stage lights.”

That night we played two original songs and our Hard Rock version of the Peanuts theme song (we were ironic before our time). I played bass, though I am a guitar player originally. Compared with the other bands, it was clear they were taking a much more professional approach to their stagecraft; we ended up not winning. Afterwards, we met one-on-one with the Atlanta area radio hosts and MTV judges, who gave us very good feedback. They said there was a niche for our style of music and that we should pursue our playing. They said our band had an especially strong rhythm section. That means drums… and bass.