Dosh grew up in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota. At a young age he also took piano lessons and then discovered FM radio in the early '80s. Dosh began drumming at age 15. By the time he left home for Simon's Rock College at age 16, he had decided music would likely be his profession, however, he subsequently got a degree in creative writing. Throughout the '90s, he played with a number of bands on the East Coast.