The impressive range of sound Krstos is capable of producing is also due to the wide array of artists that have directly influenced him. Born Christopher Hicks in Houston, Texas, he owes his earliest musical experiences to his godfather, Doug Pinnick , who was the bassist and lead singer of the metal band King's X . At the age of 17 he moved in with his actual genetic father, who played a crucial role in his spiritual awakening by teaching him about medicine bowl sound healing. Four years later, the two of them relocated to Tucson, Arizona.
Once he was old enough to leave home, however, Krstos set off to explore the West Coast like a gypsy - as he continues to through today. In the early years he traveled with little more than a laptop and cast-iron skillet in a backpack.