How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
The lyrics come in a myriad of ways actually. Sometimes they are truly improve lyrics during a jam. Other times the words will form after working through the music a bit and finding the right words to the vibe of the song. On other occasions I’ve had lyrics written and form the music around it. It usually just depends on what type of song I’m going for.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
For me, the lyrics are the most important part of a song closely followed by how the combination of tones can make you feel. I just wanna hear and make music that moves me and/or others.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
No, in fact, I’ve been so socially inept and anxious in my youth that I believe I took to the stage so I could actually have some sort of way to have a dialogue with the world. It was and is my most comfortable way to feel like I’m communicating with people and the world around me.
What inspired “The Ride,” part of your latest album “Orientation”?
The Ride was inspired by some of the feelings I get when I listen to some of my favorite songs about “letting go” and about working hard to do what makes you happy rather than successful. It’s simple and it’s about making your own way for you rather than the run of the mill expectations in work/life. It’s about enjoying the JOURNEY rather than fixating and stressing on the “goals” or successes.
And “One Girl”?
‘One Girl’ is sort of an auto-biography also semi-inspired by people I had met that gave up what was expected of them to really chase something. Actors moving to LA with nothing. Musicians and comedians giving up great jobs to hit the road, etc.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Just a Little is Enough”?
Yes. That song was worked a bunch at home then completely changed in the studio. I remember having an idea and wanting the vocal approach to be really static and repetitive in some parts and almost sexy, loose and all over in other parts to really give it an uneasy feel. Most of BROKEN is intentionally uncomfortable. Sounds, vocal deliveries, lyrics, rhythms, all of it.
What was the best moment of your career? And the most difficult one?
I’ve had such an interesting life and career it all wraps up into one giant ball of best moments. Life is so good and so grand even when it’s difficult.
What are your plans for the last months of 2018?
Enjoying some more time with the family and finishing up some fun stuff we are doing for the big release of “BROKEN.”
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
• Define in one word your album “Orientation”: ENERGY.
• The best show you ever played: ANY ONE I GET TO PLAY.
• The one thing that you must have in your backstage: WATER.
• The soundtrack of your childhood: GARTH BROOKS FOLLOWED BY THE BEACH BOYS FOLLOWED BY THE TOP GUN SOUNDTRACK.
• Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: IMOGEN HEAP’S “YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME” AND “THE MOMENT I SAID IT.”
• Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: LOVE IS NOT A FEELING. LOVE IS PRACTICED.