Emptyeye, whose full legal name is Marc James Dziezynski, was born on August 10, 1983 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Music has been in his life as long as he can remember; he was in choirs of various talents from fourth grade until his senior year of high school. The musical turning point, however, came during a family Thanksgiving dinner in his freshman year of high school, when his cousin James (The same James whose page can be found in the Links on the right) remarked, “Marc, I think you should play bass.” Given the idol worship Emptyeye had for his cousin, it’s fortunate that he didn’t say something like “Marc, I think you should run off and join a cult that sacrifices virgins under a Full Moon”, because he probably would have done it. With history unfolding the way it did, however, on Christmas of 1997 Marc received his first bass guitar, and promptly fell in love with it. To this day, it remains his best instrument.
James–or more accurately, a drummer named Chris Swirski who played in a band with James called No Means Native–was also responsible for the moniker “Emptyeye”, as the phrase “dies in empty eyes” (Amusingly, this was misheard as “darn the empty eye” for many years) was screamed at full volume in one of their songs.
A personal turning point for him came in July of 2004, when he was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Through a regimen of chemotherapy called Hyper-CVAD, he is now in remission, and attends the Waterbury Relay for Life each year.
When not writing music, Emptyeye enjoys playing video games, including Dance Dance Revolution. He graduated with highest honors from Holy Cross High School in 2001 and holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Music which he obtained in December 2005. He currently resides in Milldale, CT.