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Born in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. Raised by hippies in Santa Barbara, CA. Grew up surfing and playing bass in many bands. One of them ended up doing pretty well. It was called Dishwalla.
“Like many musicians, I grew up with the record collection of my parents. In my case, being raised by a single Mom during the 70′s/80′s there was a lot of singer/songwriter stuff as well as all the music she grew up with in our record collection at home”. “My Mom had little interest with the music of her past, but I was fascinated with it. I’d put on early Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Stones, Zeppelin, Beatles, CSN, etc. I still love it. As the 80′s came and I grew into my own tastes, I immersed myself in everything from synth-pop of Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk to The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen to reggae/ska stuff to funk and 60′s/70′s R&B. I ingested it all and developed my own style as I finally settled in on my instrument. The Bass”.
Dishwalla signed with A&M Records in 1994, our first album “Pet Your Friends” came out the following year and did nothing for about a year till a song called “Counting Blue Cars” was released and became #1 at Alternative, #1 Rock, #1 AAA, #1 Hot AC radio formats, and made into the top 10 of the Top 40 charts. The term “crossover artist” became the new catch phrase, and modern rock radio has never been the same since. (Ok, partially true). Dishwalla was certainly one of the first bands to start at alternative and work it’s the way to pop territory.
Dishwalla continued to grow its base touring the world with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls, Tonic, Beter Than Ezra, Jewell, Blind Melon, Gin Blossoms, Refreshments, Styx, Stabbing Westward, The Verve Pipe, and many, many others.
By 1997, the band had received a Billboard award for “Rock Track of the Year” (against Metallica, No Doubt, Everclear and Spacehog) and was also awarded ASCAPs “Rock Song of the Year” for both 96 and 97.
With Dishwalla, Scot contributed songs to over 20 film and TV soundtracks and performed as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan Obrien, Craig Kilborn and John Stewart.
Update: Back on the road with Dishwalla as of 2013 with new music and further touring in 2014.