Shimmy has been immersed in music, dating back to his youngest moments in life. He began studying classical piano at the age of four and took up the guitar at the age of ten. Mostly self taught, he was always interested in striving to obtain deeper knowledge in music. After high school he became invested in learning music theory and studying multiple musical styles such as Rock, R&B, Funk, Fusion, Blues, and Jazz. Shimmy received his degree as an honors student in Jazz Studies from Columbia College, Chicago.