What inspired you to begin a career in music?
My love for music started basically at birth, and I always felt I would do it in some capacity. At a young age, I was apart of a couple bands, toured, etc. But I really wanted to create something for myself, and was always inspired by these artists taking risks on themselves, and making something out of nothing. That’s what really inspired me to set out on this journey.
Describe your sound in 3 words?
Emotional, experimental, honest.
What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?
I don’t like to conform. I’ve always been rebellious, and I believe in making honest music, even if it isn’t considered “the norm”. Since I am equally as much of a producer as I am an artist, I like taking risks and stretching the boundaries, while still trying to keep to a format that people can relate to. I want my music to connect with people deeper than just the surface.
You have just released your new single ‘Waking Up’. Can you please describe meaning behind the single and the creative process?
I have been writing for an album over the last year, and putting music into a folder for a later date. But this one came together within a couple days, and after recording it in July, I knew I wanted to release it as a Summer wrap up. It’s a happy song about being in love with someone, but it’s melancholy. It’s not happy. It’s almost written from the perspective of someone losing that person, and holding on to the memories.
Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?
Great question! Honestly my love for making music. I feel personally connected to it, and keeps me going. That and the fact that I’m not a quitter. So on days where I just want to lie in bed, and forget about everything, I remind myself that I’ve made it this far, and it’s worth it.
Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?
Yes. To me, those moments can be at any time. Going to the GRAMMYS 5 times as a nominee was definitely a wow moment. Such a validation of your existence in the industry. But equally, having someone you respect musically boast about your track, a fan that posts about how much you inspire them, a thank you from a friend. To me, all of those scenarios are Wow moments.
In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?
I’ve written a lot of songs that are inspired by life experiences. Writing has honestly been my therapy. “11:59” is still one that rings as brutally honest and still relatable. But I have to say that “Waking Up” is the truest expression as to where I am at this particular moment in my life.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Don’t listen to the noise. Social media and marketing have taken away some of the value in being yourself. Everyone feels like they have to conform or change to be marketable or on brand. I’d say work as hard as you can, stay humble, and ignore the negative vibes. If you truly feel called to be here, do it. Don’t give up on yourself because someone told you to.
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
Finishing the album, and touring more next year! I am also a full time producer so I work with other companies and artists as well. But i look forward to releasing more music and getting to perform again. I miss it!
Anything else you would like to add?
Be sure to follow me, and support “Waking Up” on Spotify, and call your local station and request it!!
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