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A little bio:
I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Moved to LA to pursue my dream of music. I have the opportunity to work with some of LA’s most seasoned musicians including Kyle Crane on drums (Daniel Lanois, Elle King) and renowned violist Ginny Luke (Rhianna, Dave Matthews Band). My EP “Riddle” is a self-confession.
Are you singed?
You are releasing ‘Riddle’, tell us more about that.
I thought Riddle was an appropriate title for my first solo album. Not only because it’s the title of one of the songs, but also because I had to answer a lot of questions about myself before I even decided to make this album. Turns out I was more of a riddle to myself than anyone else. I feel like I answered my personal riddle and came to terms.
Take a listen here;
How long did it take you to write the tracks?
One song on the album, Sleepover, I wrote over 10 years ago when I still lived in Denver. When I decided to create a record, we jumped right in with Sleepover. While we were working on that I realized that the other songs weren’t ready. I’d wake up, make tea, and sit at the piano or with my guitar and write. It took over two years from recording the first song to it’s July 8th 2016 release. I think it needed to take that long to let the songs get better and for me to find my true voicing.
Are you heading out on tour or any have any gigs planned?
Yes. We’ll be touring to promote the album with confirmed dates starting mid August going around the southwest (United States).
If so which cities will you be going?
So far it looks like Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Las Vegas.
What made you go in to music?
I love to write poetry. Music a vessel for modern day poets to deliver their words.
Who are your influences?
My Dad, my Brother and anyone who creates music from a deep emotional connection.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Sometimes writing songs is work. Focusing on what must be done, dedicating time and effort, and hashing out a tune. Other times it’s blind inspiration and the urge to say something. To rant or rave or tell someone how much you love them. Sometimes a bottle of whisky can take the mussel off.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I see myself married and a new father. Maybe we have a few acres of space in Colorado for the kids to run around on. Still writing songs and performing if I’m lucky.
When you’re not doing music,
what do you do?
I like staying active both mentally and physically. Hiking with my fiance, spending time with family. I enjoy playing chess and board games. I always told myself I’d pick up golfing but never seem to be able to get myself in the proper attire.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I suppose it must have been one of my own songs. One which gave me the confidence to say, “Ok, I might have what it takes.”
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“Dance with the date you brung.” My dad told me that before going to one of my high school dances. I took that advice a couple ways.
1. Stay loyal to the girl to asked to join you. Don’t go dancing with other girls.
2. Literally, dance with her. Show her a good time. Don’t be to scared to look foolish and get out there and dance with her.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Do it because you love it. Don’t do it because of the possible money or fame. Do it because it’s your art that you will leave behind after you’ve gone….do it and never stop.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Why not both?” Example: My fiancee asks me, “Should I get the dress or the bracelet?” Me: “Why not both?”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My guitar, capo (I forgot this once, it was horrible. Had to rid one up with a shoe string and a pen.) extra stings, batteries, guitar strap.