Aaron Schilb resisted his family’s urges to play music as a child. Raised in the constant presence of musicians, his Father, a pianist, and Mother, a composer, both provided piano lessons from an early age. He initially held a strong aversion to following in the footsteps of his family, but the motivation to be a musician came upon seeing “School of Rock” as a teenager and countless nights spent playing Guitar Hero. Music was no longer entertainment – it was a way of life.
At the age of 11 years, Aaron began losing his hearing. Ignoring doctor’s orders to stop playing music and live life quietly – he taught himself to play the guitar and since committed his life to music in the face of advancing deafness.
Singing in choral ensembles and performing in musical theater, Aaron is no stranger to the stage.
Though despite the discomfort of playing live music that comes along with losing his hearing – such an essential piece of a musician’s life – he continues to write and perform regularly. A well-versed studio musician, Schilb has arranged and tracked both rhythm and lead guitars, bass guitar, piano and keyboards, ukulele, and vocals.
Aaron sites several musicians and bands who have influenced both his playing style as well as his writing style. Some of these include: Foo Fighters, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Eagles, Ben Folds, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, and Norah Jones.
- His first song, “The Day Before”, ended up on a record he recorded with his band in high school “Lot 56” (he now declares this song as tragically cheesy).
- Aaron’s first live performance was a piano recital at age 3 where he performed “Mississippi Hotdog”.
- He enjoys coffee, craft beer, pizza, lasagna, and donuts.
- Aaron cracked his skull while jumping into a swimming pool at the age of 8 years.