How would you classify your music:
We actually have a term we use “Alternative blues rock mixology” which we say is a brand of contemporary blues that also blends melody and groove with elements of rock, pop and jazz to expand the genre’s boundaries. So that’s OUR technical definition. Today blues is the biggest net in which to categorize something and so we sort fall in that net by default but frankly we are really rock/pop with a blues influence…
Who are your top 5 influences:
Always a tricky question to answer there really are so many, but if I had to nail it down it would be:
Elvis had an influence on the vocal approach
The Police – our probably more so Sting as a songwriter
What do you want fans to take from your music?
That’s its real. These songs are from the heart and from life experiences and nothing means more to me than a fan saying “I feel like that was written for me” Sure there are songs that are just fun – but even escapism can be meaningful and if nothing else I want then to feel connected through the music
How is your local music scene:
Really – kind of average. I find greater success on the road sometimes. The world needs more venues to support original live music and to give people a chance to discover that music that might be life changing for them. We are very lucky that our original music is well received wherever we play it. So if it’s a club used to covers it matters not to me, we still do 80% original music and by the end of the night they want more…
What is the best concert you’ve been to? What’s your favorite thing about performing live?
Probably Queen in like 1982 or something like that. I love performing live and giving fans something to remember and probably, I mean a real show. My favorite is the sense of accomplishing just that at the end of a great performance.
Is there a song on your new CD that is a favorite and why?
“I will miss you” is my favorite song as it’s a true dedication to my father and brother-in-law both who died at a young age. So the song has a personal meaning for me.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
My mantra is always get better so over the year of performing I think my live show has really evolved into a great product and real show. I think the other improvement is probably more as a producer, and I’m better than ever at really understanding what I want in the studio, but always room for improvement. I also think I have developed as a vocalist through repetition and now the voice that was the weak link is one of the strengths. Hard work works…
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner or have a drink with any band or artist dead or alive who would it be?
John Lennon. His genius is unquestionable and to spend a little time trying to understand how he wrote all those great songs would be amazing.
What’s next for your?
Well we just signed with a major booking agency so I hope to be performing in festivals across the globe in 2020 but after immediately after I finish promoting the new album I have 2 singles that are sitting waiting to be released as a bridge to another album I intend to release in 2020. Also lots of discussion we are having about a live album so that may happen in 2020 as well.
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