Music is so important to Jon Crosby, the brain of Vast, that he was willing to live on the streets if it came down to doing it.
"I was prepared to be homeless," Crosby said during a phone interview from New York. "If that was the only way for me to make music, then I'd take that route."Vast, which features Crosby, will play the Holy Cow on Sunday, Sept. 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.
"Music was always in me," Crosby said. "I knew from way early on that I'd be doing this as a living."
Classical music was Crosby's first muse. As he grew, the typical heavy metal and rock began seeping into his life.
"I loved Metallica, Joe Satriani and did the Beatles thing," Crosby, 21, said. "My mom had a record store and I listened to about everything. And it didn't matter what style it was. I always listened to the music I liked."
Crosby joined a guitar workshop, and by age 13, he had cut a demo recording, and Guitar Player magazine told the world to keep an eye on Crosby, who had become a hot musician.
After opting for home study instead of attending high school, Crosby began immersing himself in electronic music. It wasn't long until Crosby started putting Vast together. Vast is actually an acronym for Visual Audio Sensory Theater.
"I did all I could with the music," he said. It was then the dissonant chords and broad sounds began bubbling to the music's surface.
"Sure there are going to be skeptics," he said. "Especially since I play a lot of electronic sounds. But it's still music."
Crosby's debut, "Vast," even features an 18-piece orchestra and samples of the Bulgarian Female Choir and Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Mauer Cleraux.
"Eventually, I would like to up the budget on the tour," Crosby said. "It's impossible to tour with an orchestra or choir when you're at the point I'm at. Things are going well now. I just want them to get better. I've so many things I want to try."