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.