What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
The first thing that inspired me to make music was when I was first introduced to artists in the music scene at around 14 years old. I used to look at them with such wonder, in that they were just humans, but had a different energy and vibe about them. I searched for what they had for years until I finally got it. It didn’t come easy. I lost most of my friends, the girl of my dreams, and quite frankly my sanity, but what I learned is that we’re all out here just doing what we love. Don’t throw away your life to make it. That’s selfish. Live your life for others and never lose sight of what you love. Your chances are almost always going to be 1 in a million, so why throw away everything to make it a 2 in a million?
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
My latest release “Love” is my favorite song off my new EP “Crazy Sober Love.” It tells the story of how through trial and pain, finding God, and truly finally being sober, my heart never changed for a girl. And hey I’m up for finding someone new, but it took me losing my mind to find out she’ll always be the one that got away.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Well currently my main influences for music are Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkeys, Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, And Kanye West. It was really weird listening to the album “Suck it and see” by The Arctic Monkeys and realizing how much Alex Turner and I had similar aspects in our lives. We’re just out here doing what we love, whining about some girl, that for some reason, we can’t let go. Andrew Vanwyngarden and I have also always had very similar writing styles. You make a pop song and it comes out like some weird trippy, but danceable creation. And Kanye? WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?!? I love that man. Standing up for what he believes and setting the example for us all. Whether it’s “Jesus Walks” or his newest and apparently last album “Jesus is king,” he has truly never cared what people thought. And man, that’s more no wave than no wave if you know what I mean. Plus he’s crazy like me, and hey all the best people are.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I think my sound is different from most genres because it isn’t even a genre to begin with. Sure there are some general chord patterns and different musical aspects that sound like other bands, but for one, music is all derivatives, and two, my new sound is the complete loss of my mind. It is my truthful statement to the world about what I’ve been through and what I believe without settling for what sells in any way. Why should you listen to my music? Old me would of said “because it’s different and I tried really hard on it!” New me says, “do what you want, maybe hear what I got, but it’s not up to me if you listen or not.”
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
The Bashful Blond – Brian Hyland
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Congratulations – MGMT
Sleepless in Seattle
Kim Gordon – Girl in a band.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I prefer studio. I’ve become more introverted then I knew was possible. I love people but they’re hard to talk to. And there’s just something beautiful about recording. I will never understand it and maybe it’s just passion and painters have the same feeling with a canvas in a New York apartment or actors with the movie theatre, but dang, some things never change, or at least the love for them doesn’t.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Before my life drastically changed and I was still doing music for selfish reasons, I came up with a bunch of crazy street marketing ideas. One of them was to put “Amour Glamour” stickers inside the books of a library at a college campus. So my friends and I went to a nearby college, and acted like we attended it, then proceeded to stick about 200 stickers on the insides of random books. Now given that it was only 200 out of probably 100,000 books there, as you can imagine, I don’t think I really got many new fans from it.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I think it is the track I’m promoting right now called “Love.” And I’m not just saying that because I’m marketing it right now. Again, it the complete loss of my mind, and the changing of my life. It is me growing up, but my heart staying the same, and on top of that, It sounds completely different then anything I’ve ever done.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I got an album coming out soon (I think). I might just not mix it and release it very soon. Or I might not release it at all. We’ll see what’s up and what God tells me. It’s a full album. But unlike my past life, I don’t “need” to do anything.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What is the answer to life?
Look up and find out.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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