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 11 because I saw the movie School of Rock and then immediately wanted to learn how to play guitar. I ended up picking up bass and primarily focusing on that for a while in bands and for various things with school. In past bands I was never the primary songwriter and throughout school I never took the time to explore my own ideas. So I started this project a year ago, a little after I graduated college, to create something from my own ideas and keep playing.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
I wrote all the songs, either from idea fragments from over the years or newly formed ones, around the end of last summer (2018). The songs explore themes of introspection in the face of living up to self-imposed expectations versus others’, changing relationships, and social unrest. I spent a few months at the end of 2018 into the new year recording everything myself and then worked with different mix engineers – Will Evans, Lucas Paquette, Mike Hlady – on the tracks. I wrote, composed, performed, programmed, recorded and produced the entire EP myself. Though very much a solo project, I wouldn’t have been able to execute it the way I want, without the help of those involved.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
These types of questions are tough because the things that influence or inspire me constantly change, but music-wise, Motown Records-era music has always been an inspiration to me in the songwriting, performance, and productions. Some of the best songs (imo) in the entire world were written and recorded during the sort of “golden age” of Motown.
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?
It blends the genres of modern rock,pop,and punk, into soft punk, fuzzy pop music.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
This is also tough! I’m gonna just pick one movie and that’s School of Rock!
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I love both pretty equally. For me being in the “studio” has been a more inner reflective process. It’s been about understanding and connecting to the songs for a moment of time where I can shut out the world a little bit. When performing live, I love showing people, the audiences what my band and I can do on these songs and connecting with them through the performance.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
There’s definitely been some funny interesting experiences so far! I don’t think I can translate any of those moments where it would make sense or seem funny to someone not there.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
The title track of my EP ‘Fire Sale’ is the most unique on the EP for me. The song changes feels throughout and I experimented with different tones, textures and melodic lines, all to sort of reflect the narrator’s story and their inner conversation that develops over the song. It’s chaotic, tender, and moving all at once.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Working on new songs to release and playing shows 🙂
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
hmmm not sure!
Photo credits: Kelsey DiCicco (1st one), Omari Spears (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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