Previous to 1980, he was the bass player in a punk band called The Lubricunts. When they split up in 1980, he and drummer Rat Skates
formed the thrash metal band Overkill
. In 1998 he formed the dark atmospheric metal band The Bronx Casket Co.
, in which he's the vocalist and bass player. His stage name, D.D. Verni, is a tribute to Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone