BioAs a young child living in Minneapolis, Dosh took piano lessons but, unwilling to practice, quit at age eleven. Until he took up drums in high school, his musical exploits were limited to listening to records and spinning them at junior high dances. At age sixteen he dropped out of high school and moved out East to attend tiny Simon's Rock College where he studied music in the jazz program and made a CD with the jazz band which he claims "actually has some really out shit on it." There, he also formed the nucleus of a freaked-out, Zappa-esque rock band.
When Dosh moved back to Minneapolis, he was determined to practice the drums like a "motherfucker" and return to New York as a virtuoso. He practiced three hours a day for six months but never achieved his goal. However, he was continuously recording conversations, drums, and keyboards on four-track in his parents' basement and had accrued about a hundred hours of breaks and keyboard parts before acquiring a sampler. This material would contribute to his self-titled album produced in 2002, a project six years in the making.
In 1999, Dosh formed the band Nasty Goat to perform his four-track compositions. They played around Minneapolis to little fanfare, though First Ave named them one of the best new bands of the year. The core of that band hooked up with a few other guys (including andrew broder), and formed a group called cropduster, and then, lateduster. Their first show was with DJ Vadim and Atmosphere. Dosh played both drums and Rhodes, looping keyboard parts and switching back and forth between the two instruments, sometimes playing them simultaneously. He also began playing with Andrew Broder's band Fog, handling drums, keys, distorted microphones and noise.