1. How would you classify your music?
Arena rock that’s still making its way to the arena. When we’re making a song, I don’t just tell the producer or mixing engineer “Make the guitars louder” or “Let’s double the vocal.” I’m also likely to say “I want this part to make your head explode” or “this is where the pyro goes off” or “I need the crowd to see God.”
2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Bruce Springsteen circa “Born To Run, Darkness and The River.” The Hold Steady’s “Boys and Girls in America.” Catherine Wheel’s “Adam and Eve.” Green Day “American Idiot.” U2’s “Joshua Tree.” Pearl Jam. Queen. Stereophonics. Bands that seem intent on making the biggest, most epic songs a human brain can produce. But then, I’m also always chasing the perfect pop chorus. “Livin’ On A Prayer.” “Since U Been Gone.” “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Motown classics from the Temptations and Four Tops. Rick Springfield. Carole King. Tom Petty. Billy Joel. Beatles, of course. My publishing company is called Shout-A-Long Songs. The idea is to create immediately satisfying melodies with stadium rock heft. (That’s way more than a “top 5”!)
3. What do you want fans to take from your music?