Ah, the bio. So many things to say and so little time to say it if I want to keep your attention and get you to know and like me. Well I'll do my best, but I must warn you I have a tendency to talk too much and therefor I write too much as well. But I'll try to give you the short version. Here it goes...
I have always been a creative person; whether it's music, drawing, painting, photography, film, anything. My mother still tells me how when I was 1 year old I used to sit and play with a piece of string for hours just making it into different shapes. I was, and still am, a very curious person. But while I love all forms of art, music is the one that really has had an affect on me. It just feels natural for me to express myself through songs. And when you add into the mix my love for acting on the stage, that is a recipe for a future musician.
I had started out at a young age playing the piano and the cello in the school orchestra for several years. And while I do love and appreciate classical music and its influence, at the age of 13, I was ready to move on to something newer, fresher; and that inevitably led me to my current instrument of choice, the guitar.
At that time most of my musical training involved locking the door to my bedroom and playing sheet music for about 4 hours a day(I was still starting out and I didn't want anyone to hear me sing). I would study music theory and different chord variations, the whole nine yards. But it wasn't until high school that I majored in music and began some formal training. I had also written several songs at this time–none that are on this album I can assure you.
The time came, however, during my last year in high school that I was influenced by the art of filmmaking(I told you I was curious). I switched my studies. This became my focus through college and eventually led to my love of photography as well. And after 6 long years of writing, directing, and producing several short films, working on film sets in Hollywood, and countless photo shoots, I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a magna cum laude(I have to put that in there cause I earned it damn it!).
During those six years I never fully gave up music. I had continued to write songs and play in some bars, but my focus was not all there and deep down I was regretting it. After graduation, I started focusing on building my photography business, and while I still love it, there was a void. Thankfully, with self-introspection–if that's a word–and the help of my lovely fiance, I jumped back on the music wagon, so-to-speak, and haven't looked back since.
What kind of music do you write?
Well, I could answer that in so many ways. I would start by saying that my "sound" is Pop/Rock with some folk influence. I have had many influences over the years, but the most notable are Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Van Morrison, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz...oh yeah...and Led Zeppelin. But the style of music that I write now really emerged after a "mucky" period in my life.
After graduation, in the fall of 2008, I had a bit of a meltdown and decided to spend some time to find myself–by the way, if you haven't done it yet you should, it's great. After a few months, I emerged with a totally new perspective on life. It was at this time that I met my fiance, who encouraged me to start writing music again. Only this time it was different. The mood and the tone of the songs I wrote began to reflect this change I was experiencing. My mind was clearer and I began to have a rush of inspiration.
This is how I would describe my first solo album. I want it to be an inspiration to people–especially to those who are having a hard time. I want to inspire them to not take life too seriously, to learn to laugh at yourself, to do things your way and not look over your shoulder to see if others are judging you. I think I can sum it up with a line from my song, Just Our Luck: ..."just sit back, relax, look at all this loving do you really think that you are alone"?
What made you come back to music and give up the other stuff?
Well, first, I never did give up anything. I still love photography and I am a professional photographer. In fact, all the images on my website are my own, which of course is beneficial, financially speaking. That being said, I previously stated that after college I began to regret not continuing with my music, which is true. But if you want the real truth, all the credit should be given to my wife.
After we met in January of 2009 she saw the talent that I had, and my love of music and it was she who encouraged me to pick up the guitar again. She became my manager and my biggest fan. I don't know if I would have ever had the courage to play again if I didn't have her. She saw that I was really battling with myself about the idea of starting up again and she finally said something to extent of, "Hey, do you want to do music?" "Then just do it!" And I did.
Where are you from?
Well, Ok, I'm originally from the Windy city, Chi-town, home of the Cubbies baby! But I moved to Atlanta at the age of 8 and spent the rest of my adolescent years growing up there. However, I don't really think of myself as belonging to any one specific place. I have spent a lot of my life living in different corners of the earth: from France, to Brazil, to New York, and Los Angeles. And I think, for any person, it really causes you to break out of your little bubble and not limit yourself to just the perimeter of your city.
What are some hobbies of yours?
That a continuously growing subject. I am always looking for new experiences and I love to learn new things. But I am very much an outdoors kinda guy. I love being in nature. So, here is a brief update of my enjoyments thus far besides music:
–and I don't mean putting up a camper next to the car on some campground.
-just got one for Xmas...Thanks Bob!
Playing Monopoly card game
–It is sooo much fun and faster than the board game!
Sitting in Airports
–I love to just sit and watch people. I enjoy the atmosphere there. Everyone is going somewhere. There's a lot of energy.
- It may not be a hobby, but I love it!