I usually let everyone else do the classifying. Though I do like more “roots” based instrumentation, the song arrangements mostly don’t hold true to “roots” music. I think this confuses the “classifier.” To me it’s just Alternative Americana.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
That’s always a tough one to answer but I always end up putting Neil Young and Led Zeppelin in there somewhere. I guess if I had to keep going I’d spread it out a bit with anything Motown, anything Southern, and something edgier from the 90’s. I’m thinking that I just shocked a few people.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
Not that I’d do it on purpose but if I could touch a brand new part of the listening section in your brain and make it memorable then I’d be satisfied. I think the listener deserves a fresh thing once in a while and in this case it’s completely by accident. In the end it’s just melody, harmony and rhythm.
Tell us about your latest release?
“Not Your Typical Day Out” was two years in the making and recorded and mixed mostly at my own studio here at home. The drums and mastering were done elsewhere in a more conventional studio environment. It was purposely meant to be a little more “raw” sounding then my last two releases so I produced it myself because there was no way I could have put a nice sheen on this thing no matter how hard that I tried.
What do you love and hate about the Music Business in your opinion?
I guess I love the fact that it is possible to do this for a living and if there was no “business” to music, then that would be impossible. On the hate end would be the fact that it has become too analytical, too “numbers” driven with not enough emphasis on the creative musical side of things. Even worse maybe, and on a different note (pardon the pun), would be that the artist ends up being the least important player in the payoff process.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
Years ago when I was a really young buck I saw Jethro Tull and they blew me away. For some reason that one always stuck out in my mind over the many, many shows I attended. As far as playing live myself I guess it would be the idea of just letting it all out passionately without thinking about it much unlike a studio scenario.
How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?
Well the last year for me was the wrapping up of the album and the preparing to go back out and perform and promote. So during the later phase I’ve really been trying to focus on presenting my vocals as the main “instrument” and getting away from thinking about that guitar strapped to me. It probably sounds redundant but sometimes you can lose focus on one or the other and the vocals have to always be the priority.
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?
Wow. Dinner would be cool eventually but drinking and jamming with Led Zep sometime in the mid 70’s would be the ultimate.
What is next for you?
Reading back over this interview to make sure that I didn’t misspell anything, haha. No really I just want to get out there and start letting everyone hear Jiggley Jones again. It’s been about two and a half years since that aspect and I’m looking forward to it. So spread the word and get the beer ready. Thanks for your time everyone !!! Jiggs