How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Typically writing lyrics for me starts with a visual. A representation of something I’ve been through or someone I know has actually been a part of. I write from personal experience. It feels real when I hear it played back and releasing that conviction is a high for me.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Confidence. You can grow, you can do better, you can learn to create. Sometimes your first shots aren’t incredible. That’s ok, you can continue to creating.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I believe this vulnerability exists in each of us. To reveal and be nervous. But, that’s also the union of people and empathy of strangers. Scared sure… Unwilling? No way.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“I’D LIKE TO SEE YA NAKED!”
What inspired “Sound The Alarm”, part of your latest album “Saints and Sinners”?
The inspiration comes from a particular life threatening injury I sustained in 2016. Where I woke up in the hospital with bleeding on my brain. A nasty fall on a night of debauchery landed me in one of the scariest parts of my life. Sad that it takes moments like that to wake you up, but that’s where I realized I was dragging my feet on so many things. Since that day… I’ve been living my life at that edge ever since because, it makes no difference.
And “No More”?
Exhausted from the cycle I found myself in. Continuing a path expecting it to change without any other added variable is insanity. No more insanity.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Temptations”?
I do, yes. In a loft studio just West of Boston Massachusetts. Mid winter, but when isn’t it up that way? There’s something gloomy about Boston in the winter.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
It wasn’t planned to be, but there is a continued narrative throughout the album that demands presence from perseverance.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
What are your plans for 2019?
I plan on making as many music videos for the album to give proper visual representation to an incredible piece of music. Also performing them live.
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 “Saints & Sinners”: Timeless.
- The best show you ever played: Every Tuesday at 8.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Someone else’s front stage.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Saints and Sinners.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Call Me – Shinedown.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: “You know I thug em, fuck em, love em, leave em / Cause I don’t fuckin’ need em / Take em out the hood, keep em lookin’ good / But I don’t fuckin’ feed em” – Jay-Z.