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.
I started playing music when I was young. Started with piano then guitar. Surf Tapes is my solo work.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
The latest Surf Tapes release is called Through // Screens. It’s a song that covers some emotions that I’ve been feeling lately. Through // Screens was mixed by Alan Sanderson at Pacific Beat Recordings here in San Diego, CA. I met with Alan back in early 2019 over at Pacific Beat to talk about him mixing some music that I was writing and producing. Alan is a great hang and awesome to work with. He is gifted with an amazing ear.
Through // Screens was Mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Studios in Seattle, WA. I’ve been a big fan of Troy’s work for a while now. I think he did a great job on this one too.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
I’m pretty lucky to have people in my life that send me new music to check out. I try to listen to as much new music as I can. There’s a lot of artists doing some great things that definitely make me think and influence me. WILDES, Ellis, Dan Reeder, Something Trevor, Josh Dillard, Alex Izenberg, The Littlest Viking, Wild Belle, Sky is Alright, Cut Worms, and J. Balvin are some artists that I’ve been listening to. I think the one person that recently made me really think about music differently is Nicolas Jaar. His work with FKA Twigs is pretty amazing.
Non-musical influences… really anything can light the initial spark or idea for a song.
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 usually have a pretty clear sense of where I’m going with it when I’m writing and producing Surf Tapes. Those decisions don’t have as much to do with genre as they do with form and the possibilities within the limited sonic palette that is Surf Tapes. But more than anything it’s what makes me feel something. I definitely think that wherever you are influences you too. San Diego knows itself to be a city with a certain musical contrast. Surf Tapes is also informed by a decade of living in New Orleans. That’s a rhythmic sense and I kind of notice it drifting in and out of my music.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
House in the Tall Grass (2016)
by Kikagaku Moyo
Big Six (2019)
by Big Six Brass Band
Amor / More Amore (1964)
by Eydie Gormé and Los Panchos
by Tom Cooper
by Sylvia Massy
The Flashman Papers
by George MacDonald Fraser
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
They’re both so good! Songwriting and producing are such a good trip. I can be in the zone for hours and not even notice the time go by. But performing live when it’s right might be the pleasure of my life.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
The best part of anything is the people you meet. After a show I was talking to a guy who liked what we were doing at the time and he let me in on a little secret — that he owned two record labels with Garth Brooks. We exchanged numbers and that was that for the evening. A few weeks later, I walked into a bar to meet my friend and there was a picture of that guy behind the bar. Underneath the picture in large handwriting it said “do not serve this man”. I asked the bartender what the deal was with the picture and she told me that the guy managed to convince the bar owner that he was some kind of higher up at a local university and the bar owner let him run up a thousand dollar tab and got stiffed. I asked her if she thought the guy owned two record labels with Garth Brooks. She looked at me like I was from Mars.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Every Surf Tapes song gets a gold star.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
The next Surf Tapes song is going to be called Birds. My cousin Cody Webb (@spillednegroni on instagram) is doing the cover art and I’m really happy about that. I just finished recording it.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
I definitely wanted to say thank you for covering my music. Thanks again.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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