1. You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
It’s an artist’s job to be hyper-observant. Taking in the world through the senses. I’m listening and looking out for songs all the time. Sometimes I write from a title, sometimes from a sound, sometimes from a melody, but it always starts with a creative spark.
I enjoy all parts of writing and recording music, it’s what I do. Ya know?
2. How much writing are you doing outside of songwriting?
Most of being an artist is actually administrative work, the hard work. I’m writing things like bios and descriptions and blurbs and PR stuff.
However, there’s not really any time when I don’t have a melody in my head. I’m always working, because that’s when I’m happiest.
3. Tell us more about Route 1 show on April 4th.
Route 1 is the longest highway in the East Coast, and it connects the tippy top of Maine down to Key West Florida.
All the songwriters featured on the Route 1 are from the East Coast, and the goal is to continue growing this network of storytellers and DIY musicians.
4. How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
This year was my first time collaborating with an outside Producer, Kahan James, who really pushed me to be more open, more vulnerable, more myself.
It sounds easy, but it was actually a very hard to do.
I made a lot of progress in that realm.
5. What do you like the most about songwriting, specifically?
Being in a studio, with my phone tuned off, so nothing else matters.
6. What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a songwriter?
Real estate is a much more lucrative business. 🙂
7. What do you like most about playing live?
After my set at Hideaway Cafe, a young woman grabbed my hand and thanked me while I was standing at the old bar. I had played a song called “Txt Message from My Father” which deals with my dad’s battle with depression, and it spoke to her deeply. She said “My sister suffers from Bi-Polar disorder, and that song really reminded me of her.”
That’s the best part of playing live, hearing that my hard work has paid off, even if it’s in some small way.
8. Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
Brain Place – This tune stands out because it’s got a really big sound. We also made a powerful music video for it which will be out later this year. It rocks. 🙂
9. 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?
Bjork – We’ll play shuffleboard on the beach
Beck – We’ll listen to old records and play guitar
David Byrne – We’ll go to a local show and drink draft beer
Dolly Parton – We’ll eat cheese pizza and watch Queer Eye
10. What are your goals for the future?