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 always resonated from a young age with feelings, and vibrations, and stuff, I was really sensitive. I loved music from as far back as I can recall. I would see these masterful artists play and it just resonated with me. I wanted to share what they shared with me with other people. So the journey began.

Provide us with some info about your latest release…

This release is called Audio Bicycle Day. It’s a tribute to a time and a place. It’s a song I record with a lot of different groups, and each one is different.

Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?

Well that’s great. Non-music wise is actually almost as relevant. Nelson Mandela who was in prison just a few miles from where I was born, I grew up seeing his face, and reading his words. Albert Einstein, I feel connected to him, look at him, he’s like everybody’s crazy uncle, or grandfather. The way he just knew things without really using only his intellect. Michael Jordan, before it was music I wanted to be like Mike. Musically there are simply too many to list, I can’t pick, you have to catch me at the right time, and I will open up about my influences.

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 cannot describe my sounds in words. I can only make my sounds and feel my feelings. I can only experience my reality. In my reality my sounds and my music is beyond genre, but I realize there will always be people that can put it into words better. I would hope you would listen cause you want to get close to feeling what another human feels, and in that experience there is a sense of peace or truth. That is why I listen to my beloved favorites. That or to learn or absorb some information, or maybe it just sounds nice.

Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…

I can only answer this as it pertains to today, just know this will change any day of the week.

Albums: Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced, John Coltrane – Coltrane’s Sound, Pearl Jam – Ten.

Books: The Mission of Art – Alex Grey, The War of Art – Pressfield, and The Bible as old a version as possible.

Movies: The Matrix, Princess Bride, and SIngles.

 

Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?

I prefer both. If there are going to be a lot of people the studio is better, if there is a full house the live thing is rejuvenating at times, and can really fill you up in a way the studio does not. Studio is great for making new art.

Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?

My best friend and I used to get into all sorts of funny and unique situations in High School and Middle School. Here’s a riddle for you, find out who that is and ask them. I am too scared to share them all here.

Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?

I can’t do that. I need someone else to do that. My more unique songs really aren’t recorded yet, I wrote them 10-15 years back and they got shelved cause I was waiting for a group to rehearse them a few dozen times

Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?

I plan to keep working on giving back via my music school, keep empowering musicians by giving them jobs and helping to put out music and figure out ways to make that feel like a success. I plan to be touring to reach a wider audience and a wider sphere. I plan to put more recording projects together, and to really figure out how to better optimize my time to be as creative as possible. There will also be lots of new material. I hope to share 24 songs this year.

Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…

What would you do differently if you could start over, what advice can you share for a young artist?

Some advice. When it’s all over, you will have the people you love, and the people who love you. Do your best to write by both of these types of people. If someone really loves you, or loves you, be kind to that person, give them some ways to work with you, for those you love, always make space and time for these precious souls. Artistically if I could go back, I sort of wish I could express to people how much it meant to me to be making art with them. I would really work on those group dynamics, whatever it took, cause they are so special, I value those memories so much. ALso I would tell my old self to not get so discouraged when something didn’t pan out. I would say hey you, you have it, you have something so special, you don’t even realize it. You have the most special thing of all time, and that is something only you need to know you have. Now take that and run with it, it’s gonna be there whether you try or not, so may as well give in to the spirit of it all, I would say go even more all in. Circle the black hole a bit, but feel free to go inside the center of that black hole and shine your light there.

Curated by: Christos Doukakis

 

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