Rich Staats Bio

How long have you been playing:

Since I was 10


What inspired you to start playing music:

A lot of things really. My mom was always passionate about music and was at one point offered a spot in the Denver Symphony Orchestra, so music has always been something I was encouraged to pursue. I got my first guitar as a birthday gift from my grandma when I was 10 and started taking guitar lessons from my 7th grade science teacher who is also a phenomenal folk/Irish player and singer (Jim Schulz and his band Dublin Gulch). Once I moved to Oregon and met Josh I got my first electric guitar and the rest is history.


What Gear Do You Use:

Schecter and Gibson Guitars, Kemper Profiling Amp, Cascade Speaker Cabs, D’addario strings, Dunlop picks.



  • Scorpions
  • Joe Bonnamossa
  • Carlos Santana
  • John Petrucci/Dream Theater
  • Joe Satriani
  • Andy James
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd


What’s in Your Spotify/Amazon/iTunes Playlist:

  • Eluveitie
  • Nighwish
  • Insomnium
  • In Flames
  • Sonata Arctica
  • Dark Tranquility
  • Delain
  • Joe Bonnamossa
  • Eagles
  • Epica
  • Cellar Darling
  • Alice in Chains
  • Robert Cray
  • Davy Knowles and the Backdoor Slam
  • Boston


What is your favorite Love Sloth tune?

Recipe for Life


Favorite food/drink:



Favorite movie/tv series/game/book:

  • Star Trek (all of them but especially TNG)
  • Mass Effect (first 3)
  • Niel Gaiman/Terry Pratchett/Robert R. McCammon pretty much anything written by these authors


Hobbies and Interests:

  • Playing in my other band Elora
  • Linux
  • Servers
  • Audio Engineering
  • Coffee
  • Petting my dog or any dog that’s cute
  • tone chasing
  • going to concerts


Place you’d like to visit:

Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland


Interesting fact about me:

I’ve been friends with Josh Makosky longer than anyone else on the planet