My house was always filled with music because my grandfather owned a record store and so my dad had all these records in the house. He also played guitar and would sing songs (covers and originals) for me and my brothers when we were growing up. In elementary school I joined the choir and did all the musicals, and so it was only natural that as a teenager I picked up the guitar, and eventually stated writing my own music.
Who are your inspirations or influences?
I definitely have a mid-20th century pop, folk, and rock vibe. For me, the Beatles ranks highest and Leonard Cohen just beneath them. And then based on those two, my influences are all the artists you guess next: bands like Eagles, The Beach Boys, CCR, U2. Singer-songwriters like Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brice Springsteen, Elton John. And as a Canadian I’m influenced by a lot of the great Canadian acts too: Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Neil Young, Bryan Adams. Honestly the list of my influences just goes on and on
What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
First, practice makes permanent, so read, write, and play your instruments. It’s all well and good to have a goal but you need to set aside the time to work at, and enjoy, doing the musical things. The practice of practice, you might call it.
Second, if you are ready to go into the studio but don’t have a band or a producer, and can’t play all the instruments, don’t be afraid to call a studio and ask to speak with the house manager. They almost certainly will know musicians who can be hired to play your songs. There are so many talented studio-quality musicians out there. You have the songs, they know how to play, and it’s a perfect marriage.
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
I don’t know what sets me apart because I’m writing songs that I love to play and sing, and they’re probably doing the same. As part of my writing process, when I started writing songs I had a rule that if I couldn’t remember the song the next day then I wouldn’t finish it. So when I write songs I tend to gravitate toward the simple and the memorable. My education is in literature, so a lot of my songs are stories but have little Easter-eggs, metaphors and allusions that drive each story further and, I hope, make for repeat listening.
Any new gigs or albums in the future?
Yes! I just released a single called Downward Into The Dark, and it’s counterpart, Morning Light, will be released on October 7. They are both songs from an EP that will be an emotional journey from dark to light called The Candle Is Worth The Game, which is a fancy way of saying that life is worth living despite all hardships.
Then next year I’ll release another EP of rock songs, so there is a lot of music on the way! And I hope everyone will follow my musical journey. If you like good, memorable songs,