Can you talk to us more about your track “Veteran’s Day”?
Sure. “Veteran’s Day” is written by a veteran for veterans, as well as for anyone who has a veteran in their life in any capacity. Most importantly, it provides some introspective insight to people who have no idea what it’s like to serve and the struggles we have both on and off the battlefield.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
For me, there were several events. The deployments, strains on my relationships both friends and significant other, and dealings with the VA. All of these things to include experiences from my fellow brothers and sisters in arms helped me write this record.
Any plans to release new music?
Absolutely! I’m currently working on my follow on EP, title TBD, with the single “My Soul” to be the first made public off the album.
“Veteran’s Day” comes off your new album Out Of Left Field – what’s the story behind the title?
The story behind “Veteran’s Day” was that is was written for veterans by a veteran. The album release party was also held in Los Angeles last November on Veteran’s Day.
How was the recording and writing process?
It’s funny you ask. The writing process for the entire album was written almost entirely on an airplane as I was traveling to multiple places for the government. The recording process was fantastic. I have a great team. “Veteran’s Day” was recorded at Sweet Spot Studio in Annandale, VA.
How has Nas influenced your writing?
There are so many different things I can say I have learned from Nas. I would say the most influential thing I have gleaned from him is his vivid imagery and storytelling. Most importantly, the truth in the story. I make it a point to ensure that everything you hear in my music is one hundred percent real and true. I learned that everyone and everything in this world has a story to tell if you just listen. I do just that and then give it back in the most clever and eloquent way I can imagine.
How does your background influence your writing?
I would say my background heavily influences my writing. Our experiences shape our perspectives about life and that translates directly into my music. From places I’ve been to people I’ve met, even foods I’ve eaten. Everything has become a part of my writing.
What role does Pensacola play in your music?
Well, Pensacola, Florida will always be home. It’s where I was born. I would say its role in my music would be many of the experiences I had as a youth growing up.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
My inspiration comes from everywhere. Not just my experiences and encounters with others, but also other musicians. I study many different artists from their substantive content to their flow pattern. I draw inspiration from world news and current events; there isn’t a place I do not draw inspiration from for my music. Who knows, I may draw something from this very conversation we are having right now in a later record.
Other than the follow on EP and single to be released, I am part of the crew for the new NBC series “The Enemy Within” starring Morris Chesnut and Jennifer Carpenter. I play an FBI agent in the pilot that airs on Feb 25th and I am the technical advisor for the series using my own personal knowledge experiences to help bring realism to the show.