Tell us about yourself and your music
Me I’m just a rock n roller raised in a small border town who loves the sounds of the classical rock Gods of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
This CD mirrors the music of those times and allows you to enjoy that sound again in these sixteen songs.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Beyond the Light
Is a 16 song musical project in which several AMAZING musicians helped bring this CD to life.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of these great musicians and engineers for their contribution to this rocking CD, you all know who you are. Thank you guys so much and I love you for it. October 31st is the release date, hope you enjoy what you hear.
What inspired you to write this release?
What inspired me to write this release was the love for the sound of classic rock and the love to create that sound. Finding those artists with the same creative desires, and clicking with them during that creative process is an amazing feeling that drives this project to put out song after song.
Describe the writing and recording process
The writing and recording process are two of my personal favorite things to do. I try coming up with a great tune or an artist will have an awesome riff, we try for a certain feel in our songs each one different than the others. It’s that feeling that helps to generate the lyrics for each song. Now the day we all go into the studio it is a very exciting day for the project. For one we get to see each musician come in and all have that same electric charge, cause we haven’t seen each other in a while and the day we record we get to hear the song get layered into its own creation and the most exciting thing for us is we get to hear the song complete for the first time together cause no more the two people in the project can practice at the same time. Makes for a tremendous feeling of accomplishment and the professionalism of each artist coming in prepared to do their part. Priceless. Once again to all the artists on this CD, thank you all so much. None of this could have happened without everyone who participated. To all Rock.
Any plans to hit the road?
Hitting the road and touring is never off the table. Right now one of the two main members of this project has moved on, to Another World, passed away. Finding the dedication and professionalism in musicians is no problem, there are so many amazing musicians out there. The hardest thing would be finding ones that are not busy. Very excited to see how this project is received all in all.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
As an independent artist in the Hard Rock genre it takes a lot to separate yourself from the other 4,700 songs that come out daily. Being as this project is only a few years reborn, there are some small hurdles it must overcome such as a large following, recognition and exposure to all social media, but with the proper promotion Advertising, a proper press release and radio play this project is planning on quickly overcoming those hurdles and throwing our hat in the ring. As an independent artist getting enough of the right kind of advertising and getting your merchandise in the right hands, friends and fans. Staying focused and keeping resources in advertising and marketing bundles, also staying in constant contact with everyone who shows interest in this project. Trying to get this projects music sold to movies, tv shows and or commercial projects is another goal we have our eyes on. Very interested to see where promotion takes this three year old project
Who have you been listening to lately?
I have always listened to radio stations that play classic rock. I like to study the structure of those songs and implement them into Spellbinder’s music. It was a very powerful time for that genre of music back then, that’s why they still play those songs on the air today.
Who are your biggest influences?
If you like rock, some of these project influences were all-time favorites. Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Kiss, Iron Maiden. The list can go on forever but these are a few of my favorites, other artists that I closely work with love bands like Zeppelin, Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc… You can hear these influences in each song. Working with all these different amazing artists I believe brings an awesome sound to the project because of these different influences.
Tell us about your passions
My greatest passion is creating songs that people love and can relate to. Having people doing what they love to do while listening to Spellbinder’s music is the ultimate goal right? Having people appreciate the project’s music is the leading factor and is what drives this project.
What else is happening next in your world?
In my world, I will plan to get back to the recording studio and starting the next project all while promoting this new CD. What I’m unsure of is I don’t know if the Spellbinder project will proceed with releasing singles at a time or a whole other sixteen song album. Lord knows the material is all there.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Spellbinder