1. How would you classify your music?
I would probably classify myself as folksy blues.I consider myself primarily a blues guitarist. However, there are quite a few pop influences in my music as well.
2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Anyone that knows me knows that I am an avid John Mayer fan. He would absolutely be the number one influence. After that, I really have enjoyed Jimi Hendrix, Jason Mraz, Pink Floyd and Stevie Ray Vaughn. It’s an eclectic mix but In different times of my life, it requires a different music genre.
3. What do you want fans to take from your music?
I really want people to interpret it how they want. I want it to help get them through some point in their life that is difficult. For me, there are certain songs that take me to a certain point in my life. It triggers a memory. That’s what I want someone else to experience with my music.
4. How’s the music scene in your locale?
The music scene in Seattle is a great one. There are quite a few venues that people like to frequent that are fun to play in.
5. What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
Hands down, John Mayer at the Gorge. I had a front row seat and I had the opportunity to do a meet and greet with him before the show.
For me, playing live gives me access to energy I didn’t have before I went up on stage. It’s like the people listening are giving the energy out and I am absorbing it. I always leave a live performance with more energy than when I started.
6. Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
My song “Best Friend” stands out as having the most meaning for me. From my perspective, it exhibits all the sadness and frustration over losing my father when I was 18. Drowning comes in a close second because I think that is how life feels from time to time… Like we’re drowning and we need something or someone to pull us out.
7. How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I think I have bettered myself as a guitar player and songwriter. I find songwriting more fluid now than I did a year ago.
8. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
I would like to meet Eric Clapton, Play a gig with Jason Mraz, Co-write a song with David Gilmour and have a drink with Jimi Hendrix.
9. What’s next for you?
I would like to start headlining some gigs in Seattle. Need to build up my fan base a bit so I can draw bigger and bigger crowds. Within the next year, I would like to open for some bigger acts, either locally or on tour.
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