Born and raised in Washington, he began to study music at the age of 8, playing the violin. He later switched to bass and then to guitar, and at the age of 15 he founded his first band, Graceful Chaos.
Graceful Chaos disbanded in 2004, after releasing one EP and a full-lenght. In 2007 Carlisle decided to move to Los Angeles, where he started his solo project.
He is a professional bodybuilder, taking part to 24 competitions between 2002 and 2009. He won 8 competitions.