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Indy Music Reviewer Interview

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: You're assuming that I did...  I grew up on the outskirts of Vancouver, BC Canada.

Q: What made you realize that music was your path?

A: I listened to music from a VERY young age; usually having a radio on somewhere in earshot of whatever I was doing. I became so passionate about the bands that I was listening to that I naturally wanted to be like them. I started learning guitar, songwriting and singing in my early teens but it wasn't until my early twenties where I started to see the people I was playing for really enjoying and experiencing my music in a more than average way. It was then when I realized that I could have a real shot at a career in music.


Q: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

A: Typically the music I write is reviewed as Swamp Rock music mixed in with Solo Acoustic stuff. I've been heavily influenced by British Rock bands over the years and old and modern blue so it doesn't get very far before these styled jump out when I write.  I love ambient music and psych rock, the kind that really helps a listener breakout of the usual and into the places that I may not go mentally so I've got a secret passion to write soundscapes that take the listener on a journey as apposed to rock music which just makes you want to jump around.  As a student of ancient and modern religion I love to write music that comes out of compassion, truth, destiny that  reflects the awesomeness of the creator of the universe and all that He created.  Finally I really love old country, bluegrass and Celtic tunes so I gravitate towards those styles at certain times, funny how with so many different moods we can express ourselves with so many different tempos and tones.

Q:  What instruments do you play?

A:  My primary instrument is my voice that I've developed over time rather organically but I really got my chops straight after hooking up with one of the top rock vocal coaches in world, Jamie Vendera, he really challenged me to focus and go all out and with his help I'm now able to swim with the big boys.  I've also been developing over the years as a guitarist (acoustic and electric), the bass, harmonica, keyboards, Irish whistle, percussion stuff as well though I couldn't play a trap kit to save my life..

Q: Who are your biggest musical influences?

A: Biggest influences have been Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Police, The Clash, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, CCR  and Pink Floyd but those are just a few. I've really been influenced by everything that I've listened to via the radio as a kid but those are the big ones...

Q: What makes your music unique?

A: Unique, mmm? Again, being a student of ancient religion, philosophy, anthropology and music history my real forte would be in my lyrics. The hooks I write come from a passion to express what’s in my head and heart. It's the passion that influences the chord changes, tempo/ bpm, time signatures and even the keys so when this is dovetailed with lyric it usually comes out in a way that moves a listener to consider "beyond" the music.

Q: Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you're most proud of?

A: Most proud? I was a teen and my dad helped me get my first car. I was too young to drive at the time so I decided to sell the car for a profit. I made $800 on the deal and my dad (a red neck carpenter) was SO proud of me until I took the profits and bought a guitar to start my "new career move". Yes, that was the moment that started it all for me artistically. Oh yes, very proud day for me that almost cost me my life...

Q: What's next for you?

A: Work, work and more work...  To stop creating and performing would be a death sentence for me, I've tried to quit music a few times and it always ended up the same, me looking for a guitar, pen and paper to sketch out what's going on in me head.  The show must go on...


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