Guitarist and member of the long-running Wisconsin-based rock band Garbage, the group known for "Stupid Girl."
He studied film at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His entry into a music career began when he met Butch Vig in Madison.
He started Smart Studios in Wisconsin and does production work there.
He has a daughter named Ruby who was born in 2000.
He drew great influence from Paul McCartney and The Beatles.