How would you classify your music?
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
The band called Japan, The Fixx, Duran Duran, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Taylor Swift. I’m always a sucker for a good pop song.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
A little bit of optimism. You can make a choice to make things better or live the life you’ve always wanted. It starts with a decision.
Tell us about your latest release, “January?”
I wanted to write a song with some duality. Where you think it means one thing, but if you look at it sideways, it could mean something else. Like an abstract painting. January could mean meeting someone new or it could mean the chance to start over, re-invent yourself and make a new start. The video was directed by my long time friend Dave Lepori.
What do you love and hate about the Music Business in your opinion?
I love how a number of art forms combine to make a brand. The music, image, videos, and technology. The thing I think I hate is all of the negativity related to social media. It is really easy to anonymously criticize people, but it is really hard to try to come up with unique music, lyrics, and image and then make a positive impression on people’s lives.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
I still think last year’s Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour was the best ever. We’ve all watched her grow up and push musical boundaries. Good songs are good songs, whether they’re set in a country framework, pop, or R&B. I spend a lot of time in the studio working through songs and tracks. It’s nice to get an immediate response from a section of a song the overall set of songs in the live environment.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I’ve tried to reach inside and share some stories or images that would be relatable. This collection of 12 songs on the Premier CD represent that process. I also added 12 string bass to these recordings. I always liked the sound of Tom Peterson’s bass in all of the Cheap Trick songs.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
It would be fun to write a song with Paul Stanley or Taylor swift…I know, funny combo.
What lies ahead for you this year?
2 more videos and some live video tracks. Also, lots of live performances.
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