There’s a photo that was taken of me when I was about 6 months old or so. I’m sitting with a giant bass on my lap. So, was that how I got started in music? Or do you mean “professionally”?
So, about 4 years ago, I was diagnosed as autistic, which explained a lot of mysteries in my life. I’ve come to understand that my need for music is one of my autistic traits. I feel sound. I use music to help me regulate my emotions. As a teen I would blast music in my headphones constantly, and I was able to get through my depressions during those years by listening to Suicidal Tendencies and Megadeth, among many others.
Then, around 16, my mother got me an electric guitar, and I learned my first riffs - The Ramones. Playing loudly, and being in control of the sound gave me a new method to help regulate my anger. And I’ve been playing loud crunching music ever since.
Who are your inspirations or influences?
Huge fan of Killing Joke. With my Goth/Industrial Metal band, The Raygun Girls, I tried to make music emulating Killing Joke.
Motorhead caught my ear back in the early 90’s. Loved the energy and the catchiness of the music. And, my vocals were scratchy too, so Lemmy’s vocals made me feel more comfortable about the way I sang.
I’m mostly inspired by my emotions - Anger can fuel either super heavy songs, if I need to get that anger out by shouting, or super fast songs, if I need to get it out physically.
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Lyrics are inspired by a myriad of things - anything from the political climate (“Conspiracy”) to my favorite olives (“Super Colossal Spanish Queen”). Most of my songs, though, are me talking to myself and keeping myself out of depression.
What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Well, it depends on why you’re performing. Is it for money? Then, practice, practice, practice. Get good at your craft, and better than the person next to you.
If it’s for the love of making music, then make sure to join bands that create songs that you enjoy listening to. If you don’t enjoy listening to it, if it doesn’t move something in you, then how is it going to move others? Have fun playing!
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
My vocals are very unique. I’m don’t do cookie monster vocals, but I do have gravel in my vocal. You can actually understand what I’m singing… and then, there’s the whole dinosaur thing.
Any new gigs or albums in the future?
Due to my health situation, I don’t do live shows. Sometimes I do “live” streams though, and I’m hoping that my energy lets me put one together before the end of 2022.
I just released my second full length album of 2022, No One Home. I’m constantly writing, so, I’m sure that I’ll be releasing new music in early 2023 too.