1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Having a famous musician for a grandfather didn’t dissuade me from trying it out for myself. My parents always encouraged me to play music. Growing up, I remember having sort of a soundtrack running through my head all the time and I was usually humming or singing something. I started playing drums at age 11 and later I picked up a bass when I was 17. I played the bass more like a guitar, playing chords on the higher strings. At the time, I was really influenced by Rush and Primus so I tried to emulate what they did. Oddly, it wasn’t until I was about 28 or 29 that I decided to really focus on playing guitar which is what I play and write songs with mostly now.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My parents were usually listening to early rock n’ roll from the 50’s and 60’s and I love how concise and spirited those songs are. Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly and the Beatles. It sort of set parameters for the pop/rock format – a minute and a half to 3 minutes, get to the point, get to the chorus and end it. I still love listening to that and I like to write with those parameters in mind. Sometimes songwriters think very idea they have is great and they have difficulty self editing. Songs tend to get lengthy. I’d much rather cut the fat, use the best parts and get creative with those parts.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started writing before I ever picked up my first bass guitar at age 17. A friend of mine died while I was in high school and I immediately came up with lyrics, and music for a song about him. It wasn’t until a few months later that I bought a bass and my friends and I started playing. I was always interested in writing and playing my own music and that was a perfect vehicle for it.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I’ve been in studio lockdown for a while now. Between my solo record, Shapeless Things and a new record with my band Officer Roseland and recording tracks for the next John and the Cheap Dates record, I’ve been fairly busy but I think things will start to open up soon and I’ll get to see the sun at some point. 🙂
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Last year, my band Officer Roseland had a few songs placed on the Showtime series Shameless which was great recognition for us. We were fortunate enough to be in a position where the music supervisor for the show was looking for our style of music and they liked what they heard. Getting texts and phone calls from people telling me they just heard my song on the show was really cool. It’s something I’ll always remember.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
My latest record, Shapeless Things is available now!
The video for my first single, On a Holiday is on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSjoeAwYbt0&sns=em
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