West grew up in San Diego, Ca. His love for music began at the age of 14 when he started playing guitar. He was self-taught except for a single guitar lesson. He spent hundreds of hours practicing with a metronome in the family room of our house. He moved to L.A. at the age of 21. After several years of struggling to make it in the music industry, he had befriended a group of guys, later to be known as Guns 'N Roses. They produced his first song to make it on an album: "It's so easy" was on GNR's Appetite for Destruction. After that the songs just flowed. He formed The Outpatience in 1995 and released their one and only album in 1996. Six months later, West died from a drug overdose.