About Andersen Silva: the Story So Far

Blue-eyed, blond-haired southpaw singer/songwriter born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1970 to immigrants from Brazil. Pronouns but antiadverbs. Cat lover (animal lover, really, but especially cats, penguins, and squirrels). Had his tonsils removed. First computers (Timex Sinclair 1000, Commodore VIC-20 and 128) in the '80s. Got out of religion and got into the Beatles around the same time and started a lifetime fascination with rock music. Discovered Monty Python, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and "Doctor Who" all around the same time (and only learned many years later about their connections). Worked a few days as a busboy. Played some tennis. Met a couple of lifetime friends in Rutgers' Dean's Summer Scholars Program. One-time Toys "R" Us kid (and employee), two-time college dropout. Saw his first arena rock concert, the Who, in 1989. Bought a guitar, and started tinkering with playing it and writing songs (and other stuff) in his twenties, alone and as half of Not An Exit. Shaved off his eyebrows. Twice. Handled hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash at United Jersey Bank. Did inventory control, production, and MIS management for an embroidery manufacturer. Bought his first Macintosh in 1994, and published a 'zine the following year. Tried his hand at telemarketing briefly; really disliked it. Danced on a bar at least once. Climbed the Temple of Kukulcán (El Castillo) in Chichen Itza. Taught a few computer night classes. Rode a lot of public transit, and rode a bus out of New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal 15 minutes before the first plane hit the World Trade Center (three miles downtown) on 9-11-2001. Collected a lot more computers, and a few more guitars. Started working for Microwize Technology. Wrote and recorded songs in earnest and released an album, Joy in the New, in 2004. Spent a lot of time seeing local bands in NYC, and eventually performed at an open mic and then at several Make Music New York events. Earned an IMDb entry for work in the "Hassel" series of short films by Rick Ford. Served as grand jury foreman in Bergen County in 2010. Went ziplining and scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2011. Blacked out in the shower (just one of many head injuries over the years). Wrote for and lettered a weekly webcomic, Slime, for a year and a half. Marched with the Occupy Guitarmy in New York (in support of the Occupy Movement) and got on stage behind Tom Morello (along with dozens of other guitar players) in 2012. Considered jumping into the Housatonic River at Lovers Leap State Park, but didn't. Did do the No Pants Subway Ride and Pillow Fight Day in New York City in 2014. Jammed in the studio as a member of Greta's Unmentionables on and off for three years. Did three obstacle races (the Spartan Sprint, the Rugged Maniac, and the Warrior Dash) and two 5Ks. Threw together even more songs and released a double album, I'll Live, in 2016. Became a firewalker at Tony Robbins' "Unleash the Power Within" event in Miami in 2019.

Places Visited

Assateague Island, MD; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Brazil (Curitiba, Joinville, Paranaguá, Ponta Grossa, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo); Cancún; Chicago, IL; Chichen Itza; Cleveland, OH; Costa Rica; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Key West, FL; Kona, HI; Las Vegas, NV; London; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Ocean City, MD; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Providence, RI; Salem, MA; San Antonio, TX; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Sedona, AZ; State College, PA; Tampa, FL; Virginia Beach, VA; Washington, D.C.; York, ME

Bands/Performers Seen Live

100 Monkeys; the 69 Eyes; the Above; the Advertisers; Clay Aiken; Akon; Alkaline Trio; All the Day Holiday; Allstar Weekend; Amaranthe; Tori Amos; An Horse; Angels and Airwaves; Adam Ant; the Aquabats; Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea; Emilie Autumn; AWOLNATION; the B-52's; Baby Shakes; Bad Brains; Bad Religion; Courtney Barnett; Jeff Beck; Tony Bennett; Mary Bichner; Big Blue Accident; the Black Keys; Black Star Riders; Blame Candy; Blonde Redhead; Blondie; Blue October; Body Count; Bon Jovi; Maddy Bowes; Collie Buddz; Bullet for My Valentine; Bury Me Standing; David Byrne; Canyon; Vanessa Carlton; Cassidy; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; Cayetana; Céu; Céu e Mar; Chant; Charlotte Sometimes; Laura Cheadle; Circa Survive; Eric Clapton; Kelly Clarkson; the Coathangers; the Comrades; Condemned; Jonathan Coulton; Courrier; the Robert Cray Band; Sheryl Crow; Crowded House; the Cure; the Damnwells; Dashlight Confessional; Dayglow; Indigo De Souza; Dead Kennedys; Dead Sara; Deep Sea Diver; Def Leppard; the Deftones; Deluka; DIANA; Ani DiFranco; Dio; Dr. Israel; Drake; Sheila E.; Kathleen Edwards; Dorian Electra; elizabeth!; Elysian Fields; Melissa Etheridge; Evelyn Forever; Ex Hex; Eye Alaska; Fall Out Boy; Favors for Favors; the Fiendz; Fishbone; Foo Fighters; Lita Ford; Forever the Sickest Kids; Foxy Shazam; the Frail; Francis and the Lights; Ace Frehley; Gabriel the Marine; Peter Gabriel; Kailin Garrity; the Gaslight Anthem; the Glam Skanks; the Go-Go's; the God Bombs; Gogol Bordello; Goli; Grafitti Man; Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; Grandpa vs. Prowler; Gravity Kills; Skylar Grey; Hanson; Jerry Harrison; Debbie Harry; Annie Hart; Becca Hasselbrook; Juliana Hatfield; Richie Havens; Nona Hendryx; High Teen Boogie; Hinds; Hirie; Shawn Hook; Hunter Valentine; Ice-T; Eric Idle; the Indigo Girls; Inky Glass; Iron Maiden; Yusuf Islam; Ashley Jana (aka Ashley Mounts); Jane's Addiction; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Billy Joel; Norah Jones; Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings; Joseph; Judas Priest; the Juliet Dagger; the Jungle Rockers; Karmin; Kauf; Ke$ha; Alicia Keys; Angelique Kidjo; KISS; Kitten; Kiyomi; KMFDM; Lenny Kravitz; Krill; L.A. Witch; Christina LaRocca; Cyndi Lauper; Dan LaVoie; Ted Leo; Justin Levinson; Jerry Lee Lewis; Linda Gail Lewis; Chloe Lilac; Limp Bizkit; Linkin Park; Lissie; Little Joy; Living Colour; LL Cool J; Mary Lou Lord; Lydia Loveless; Lovers League; Ludacris; Jenny Magnus and the Vulva Club; the Maine; the Malibooz; Michelle Malone; Man Man; Aimee Mann; Marilyn Manson; Matt and Kim; the Dave Matthews Band; John Mayer; Metallica; MGMT; Ministry; Minus the Bear; Bianca Monica; Alanis Morissette; Tatiana Moroz; Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou; Motion City Soundtrack; Motörhead; Moving Mountains; Mucky Pup; Mudvayne; Mute Math; Nahko & Medicine for the People; Anna Nalick; the New Cars; New Found Glory; New Skin; Nickelback; Nine Inch Nails; Gary Numan; Paolo Nutini; O'Brother; the O'Jays; the Offspring; Only Son; Ozzy Osbourne; Osea; Overlake; Amanda Palmer; Paper Tongues; Paramore; Les Paul; Pennywise; Neko Peoples; Perfect Pussy; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Phox; Pilfers; Pink Floyd; the Plain White T's; Plastiq Passion; Plastiscines; the Police; Ana Popović; Lena Potapova / Tessa Makes Love; Samantha Preis; the Pretty Reckless; Sydney Price; Prince; Program the Dead; Chuck Prophet; the Prophets of Rage; Public Image Limited; Puss N Boots; Pussy Riot; QTY; Queensrÿche; the Ramones; Rebelution; Lou Reed; the Revolution; Busta Rhymes; Rini; Martin Rivas; Rivky; the Rock Bottom Remainders (comprising Mitch Albom / Dave Barry / Sam Barry / Roy Blount Jr. / Matt Groening / Stephen King / Ridley Pearson / Amy Tan / Scott Turow and others during various concerts); Rockstar Sissy; the Rolling Stones; the Rollins Band; the Roots; Rubix Kube; Run-DMC; Rush; Samia; Saves the Day; Saxon; Say Anything; Scars on 45; Mike Scott; Jon Secada; Serious Pilgrim; the Sex Pistols; the Shadowboxers; Margarita Shamrakov; Shannon and Natalie; Sharkmuffin; Duncan Sheik; Shonen Knife; Paul Simon; Skunk Anansie; Xenia Sky; Skye & Ross; Sleater-Kinney; Sleeper Agent; Sleeping Lessons; the Smashing Pumpkins; the Smithereens; Snag; Snail Mail; Olivia Somerlyn; Something Corporate; Soulfly; Soundgarden; Speedy Ortiz; Regina Spektor; Spider Bags; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; Squirrel Flower; Stabbing Westward; Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy; Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (with Paul Carrack / Sheila E. / Colin Hay / Mark Rivera / John Waite); State Radio; Static-X; Tania Stavreva; Steel Train; Sting; Lindsey Stirling; Streetlight Manifesto; Taking Back Sunday; Tegan and Sara; Television; thenewno2; They Might Be Giants; Thrilldriver; Timbuk-3; Titus Andronicus; Tokyo Police Club; the Tom Tom Club; Torres; Pete Townshend; KT Tunstall; Keith Urban; Petaluma Vale; the Vandals; Tori Vasquez; Verona Grove; Versaemerge; the Violent Femmes; Tessa Violet; WAKRAT; the War and Treaty; Roger Waters; Waxahatchee; We Were Promised Jetpacks; Weezer; Kanye West; the Who; Wicker Hollow; Cassandra Wilson; Steve Winwood; Within Temptation; Chelsea Wolfe; X; Nathan Xander; Yerba Buena; Rob Zombie