How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
There are times I know exactly what I want to write about when I sit down at a piano.
But more often than not, I close my eyes and freestyle gibberish over chords or a beat and magically a lot of those words form a general concept.
From there I dig deep as to what I’m really trying to convey. It’s very effective and I feel like I sometimes can tap into my deep unconscious mind.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
What a great question. So many come to mind but I am gonna go with the first verse of a song called “Be There” that hasn’t come out yet. I do love “Mercy Me”s simplicity though.
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
My childhood consisted of listening to a lot of John Williams’ greatest hits compilation while I played outside in my own world.
Then maybe Brian May’s guitar solo on “We Will Rock You” on repeat. I was a weird kid.
What was the first record you ever bought?
The Police Greatest Hits from the Phillipsburg Mall!
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
Easy Breezy… Kidding, it’s been the greatest, most challenging adventure I’ve ever been on.
What inspired “Mercy Me”?
Mercy Me is my love song to the music industry. I just made it an elusive woman that kept giving me mixed signals that I couldn’t resist.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Battlecall”?
I do indeed. It was the first song I wrote after a while of not writing and really doubting myself and my future. To “Still hear the battlecall” meant to armor up yet again to run back into battle to find my victory.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal experience to strangers through your music?
Not really.. I think part of being an effective artist these days is ones ability to honestly tell those stories, express those feelings and emotions, and have it come from a real place. Thats what people want to hear.
What inspired “Alive”?
I had just written Battlecall and that reminded myself I was back and more skilled as an artist than I had ever been. Alive was about that realization, that I had a lot left in my tank, and it was gametime
What is the best show you ever played?
The first time I ever played to a large audience of thousands opening for 3rd Eye Blind.
I had performed to maybe a dozen people or so the night before at some dive in NYC and was shocked how much easier that big crowd was. It also gave me my first taste of what I truly wanted.
What are your plans for 2018?
To make a real name for myself and spread my voice and music far and wide. Leave a dent on the world with a message of hope and inspiration.
Make the best music of my life.
Tour the world. Come out of nowhere and surprise a lot of people.