I have been great thanks. Had a blast over the holls and now getting geared up to release my album.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Chasing Dreams”?
Chasing dreams is a song I wrote about staying young. I came over to the states to pursue a dream that is considered by many as ridiculous.. The city of LA although bursting with opportunities is riddled with lies, dishonesty and lacks a sense of purity if you allow yourself to get too deep into its claws. I love children because no matter where you are you can rely on them to be honest, blunt and speak their minds so you always know where you stand with them. And in this town it’s incredibly refreshing. so this song is a reminder for us all to stay young at heart, stay positive and channel your inner child.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’ve always wanted to film a video for this song and if I have time we will. if I do it would be full of bright colors, fun costumes and a lot of silly giggling.
How was the recording and writing process?
My producer Greg Johnson was amazing with this. I had the main structure and lyrics written out which is co-written with my buddy Bill Deliah. I laid down the quirky piano riff and vocals and we soon realized it needed a little pizzaz .So the great and mighty Simon Petty was brought in on guitar and just brought the whole song to life . The album is mastered by my buddy Adam Scrivner from Pinewood Studios in England and overall this is one of my fav tracks on the album.
Piano has always been your main and favorite instrument from a young age – have you ever thought of moving on to another instrument?
Piano is my main instrument but I’ve always loved the guitar and bought a rusty old one for like $20 when I was backpacking in South America in my gap year when I was 19. I taught myself the basic chords and wouldn’t stop practicing. I dragged that thing all round South America with me. My fav song to play was Tracy Chapman’s fast car.
What role does England play in your music?
England plays a role in my music in the sense of it gave me the roots to grow as a musician. I learnt all my intense classical training over there but not until I moved to the states did I really learn how to ‘play’ only when you get thrown onto a big stage and get hired for a real paying gig to play music that isn’t yours that you are not familiar with will you realise what it’s like to really play. It’s nerve wracking. . Well, that was what it was for me anyway.
England is my childhood home so I think the innocence and quirkiness that comes out in my album that can be heard can for sure be attributed to that to my time spent in England or as we like to call, the Shire 😉
How has your travels and life on the road have influence you as an artist?
As for travels, the move over seas has changed my outlook on life. I’ve always been a super positive person but the transition was a rough adaption and I was taught a butt load of intense life lessons within the first few years but I made it and have never stopped evolving and hopefully never will. I strongly believe that if you stop challenging yourself , you stop learning and therefore you close off your mind . This move was tough but that’s the whole point in life right? To face what life gives you and make the most of it with grace and a cheeky smile.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
This single is in the build up to my album that is being released early 2017 🙂 it too is titled chasing dreams.