Tell us about yourself and your music
I am a singer-songwriter from northern Arizona. I have played in bands for 20 years. This is my first solo project. I would describe my music as a rock with a lean-to hard rock.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My new album will be a step back to my normal style of writing and playing. My first album was more or less an experiment. When I decided to do a solo project, I wanted to do something that I have never done before. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone as a challenge myself. With the new album, I want to get back to my original style.
What inspired you to write this release?
I wanted to just have fun with this one. I purposely held myself back a lot on the first album and this time I just let it all out.
Describe the writing and recording process
When I write I need something to spark an idea. It could be a movie, something that happened at the grocery store, or sitting on the couch with an acoustic guitar and hitting a note that sparks an idea. The recording process, however, is a whole different beast.
I did both albums using GarageBand on an iPad. It’s been challenging to say the least. I’ve recorded in studios in the past, so I’ve tried to use what I learned and apply it. But you are still limited to what you can do. I know it’s not as good as a studio recording, maybe on the next one, I’ll bite the bullet and record in a studio.
Any plans to hit the road?
I have no plans to tour or play live at this time, but I will always leave that door open and see where this takes me.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Myself… over and over and over haha. Gotta love mixing right? Really anything that comes on Ozzy’s Boneyard.
Who are your biggest influences?
I have so many, but Randy Rhodes would probably be the biggest influence on me. He was what made me want to play guitar and probably has the most influence on my sound. I love most music. Bands like Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, AC/DC, ZZ Top, etc. have been big influences in my life and in my style.
What else is happening next in your world?
I am starting a new project with an old friend. We are in the recording process right now, but we hope to have that album out by summer.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Mike Masser
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