Hi Aaron, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you for having me! I’ve been really well lately; I just released my new album “Tide Break” with some of my best friends, recently married the love of my life, my son is healthy and about to start kindergarten, and to top it all off, I went surfing earlier today!! Life is good.
My latest single “Never Ending Summer” is about that magical time our lives that we wish would never end; the feeling of nostalgia that we hold on to until our very last breath.
I was inspired to write “Never Ending Summer” after joining the Air Force and moving away from my hometown of San Diego for the first time. I grew up in Ocean Beach with the Pacific as my back yard, so you can imagine how apprehensive I was to leave it all behind. That summer between graduating high school and being shipped out, my buddy and I surfed almost everyday. That was definitely my never ending summer.
The upcoming video for “Never Ending Summer” takes you right to the place where I grew up- Ocean Beach. This is my first legit music video, so I thought what better way to introduce myself than to show the audience my home town. The video was shot near the OB Pier, a few blocks from the house I grew up in, and you can see the surf spot that I still surf today. My good friend and film maker, Noah Tafolla, let me borrow some old footage of Ocean Beach and we spliced those clips in a “then and now” kind of thing. I thought it turned out really well.
The film experience was completely easy and organic. Another good friend of mine, Tom Antl, teaches film school and has his own production company called ChopShop Films. I called him up to see if he was available for the shoot and sure enough he was! I had my son with me at the time of the shoot and last minute we decided to put him in it with me. To be honest I think he stole the show. After I saw the final cut I realized that this was far more special than just a music video. My son and I will always have that moment in time to share.
The name of the album is “Tide Break” and it has a double entendres for sure. First of all, I consider this a beach/surf/summer album, so a reference to the ocean tides coming in and the waves breaking was certainly fitting. I also had recently experienced the darkest time in my life and was going through several personal transitions. For me, Tide Break represented a complete shift in perspective and a whole new beginning.
The album took a total of two years to complete. I initially went into Wall of Sound Studio in Albuquerque, NM, and recorded a vocal/acoustic guitar version of my song “Candy Cane” for my wife’s (then girlfriend’s) birthday. The owner/engineer/producer/master
mind John Wall really liked the song and asked if I had any others. I constantly write, so I had plenty of songs in the bullpen. I started picking out my favorites and formulating a concept for the album. After that, I recruited my close friends Jake Franks, Paul Lamb, Tim Archuleta, Matt Ezzard, Karl Zinc, and my brother Justin Markland to be my backing band. Between those guys and John, I knew this was going to be a great record.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I made a vow to myself at the beginning of the project that I was going to be as honest as possible with my lyrics. Because of this, the content and melodies are very eclectic. The songs range from dark and melancholic to uplifting and celebratory. Naturally I have quite a few love songs on the LP because of my wife; she brings the romance out of me and we both love the classic love songs of the Motown/Oldies era. I was also influenced by SoCal Reggae greats such as Sublime and Slightly Stoopid, and the acoustic guitar giants Jack Johnson and Ben Harper.