From the man himself:
"i started recording music when i was a kid, probably 14 or 15, but i never played it for anyone. it was pretty bad...just ideas. but then i got a 4-track right after high school and started doing some real songs. i guess that was 1991. it started as "Tiara" and i did a few tapes under that name that were just me. "Going Thru Channels" in 1994 was my first real thing, i thought it was real.