Are you making any rounds with testing out new music on the road?
I haven’t been doing any live shows since Covid started, but I have been making a lot of music with playing live in mind. I have a lot of new stuff coming out that I feel like a crowd will respond to.
What stories do you want to tell in your upcoming music?
I have some new music that addresses dark times in my life, like getting arrested for a DUI. Ultimately, I want to talk about bouncing back from those times. I tell people that I don’t regret anything because I learn from my decisions. How can you regret anything if you learn from it?
Are there any rules you set for yourself when you know you have to concentrate on making music?
I set aside time every day for music. I treat it like a full time job. However, there is a fine line there with forcing music too. Everyone gets writer’s block and it sucks. Whenever that happens I will go back and touch up mixes and masters or talk with other musicians and see if I can grab some inspiration from them.
Do you ever feel like you need to label yourself as an artist?
Honestly, one of my weaknesses is that I do not consider myself as an artist. I mostly focus on the music being the product for the people to consume. I guess the artistry will follow that, but I like staying at a personal level with fans. I love responding to comments or DMs. I do my best not to disconnect too much from social media, but I also try to keep a healthy level of not being on it all the time.
Is letting the work talk for itself a rule of thumb for you?
What are the interactions with your fans like when you hear feedback from them about your music?
It is pretty crazy. It is wild hearing any feedback from anybody, but what blows me away is when someone reaches out from Australia or the UK. It is amazing that people connect with my music from all around the world!
What is a golden rule in music that you will always uphold?
Put your music out. I do not really sit on a lot of songs that will never come out. If something is not working in the recording process, then I trash it pretty quickly. It drives me nuts when artists make songs and they rot away on a hard drive. I realized early on that some songs may weigh in differently for different people. So a song that I think is boring might be the song that someone connects to at the time. Sometimes your music is bigger than your opinion. Put it out!
What’s it like moving forward after a song release?
I am always focusing on what is next. I do not really dwell on something once it comes out. It would be too easy to get sucked in and distract you from making and putting out more.
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