Discuss your personality.
I would say I’m super outgoing, confident, aware, and loving.
Brief us about you as a musician
I was born and raised in Southern California and that’s where I started playing music. I began pursuing my passion for music by teaching myself piano and guitar as a productive healthy and outlet to bounce back from my troubled adolescence. A couple of years ago I packed up and moved across the country to Nashville, TN, but I’ve recently moved back to Orange County, CA. Now, 25 years old, I have even more inspiration to pour out through songwriting. Mixing influences as wide-ranging as Andy Grammar and Andrew McMahon, to Chance the Rapper and Jon Bellion. I hope to introduce a fresh new pop sound by just being 100% myself… Music that anyone can connect with and feel at home. Music that speaks the truth.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
It’s definitely a big commitment with pros and cons. The biggest change/difficulty I’d say is just working a job where you can put in 7 hours of work in a day and not get paid for that work until 3 years later or never. Most people work 9-5’s and know exactly how much they are going to make in a week. This lifestyle also changes how your relationships work. My schedule is different every week and often involves traveling. Why that can be tiring and difficult, that’s also what makes it so great! I’m able to go to work from a coffee shop in the morning, work from home, create my own schedule, and spend time with people. I’m able to live life to the fullest through my passion, which I’d say is the biggest pro.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
If that ever happens, I think just having good friends in my life will keep me humble. Also realizing that there are a lot of good songwriters and musicians in the world and those fans gave me my career is an important thing to recognize. If you really think about it, I’m just a person who’s pretty good at something. I believe in what I do, but I’m not that special. 🙂
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
“Money For Tonight” is really just a song about not having a lot of money but still making the best of it and having a good time. I use the verses to let you know all the ways I save money, but the payoff (no pun intended) of the chorus is saying “We got money for tonight” and we’re going to have a good time regardless of what our bank accounts look like. Whether that’s a situation in your past or your present, I know we’ve all been there.
Tell us the means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
You can find my music on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, and pretty much any digital distributor.
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
I think the greatest moment of my music career is either hearing people sing my songs back to me or hearing one of my songs on TV. Both situations are a very surreal feeling that I will never forget!
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
I’ve played a decent amount of shows in the United States and a couple of shows in Canada and Mexico. I wouldn’t say I have a crazy amount of touring experience compared to some people I know but I’ve definitely toured enough to have stories haha. Touring is an amazing experience that is very exhausting. I went on a 3-month long tour a couple of years ago with Taylor Mathews that taught me a lot about performing and engaging with fans on the stage and off the stage.
Tell us how you interact with your fans.
I try to relate with my fans just by being a normal person. I do my best to be honest, open, and vulnerable. In any relationship (romantic or non-romantic), I believe that’s the only way you can truly connect. Even things that seem little like responding to fan mail or responding to comments on Instagram can go a long way.
Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
I don’t really regret the bad decisions I’ve made in my life because they’ve brought me to where I am and have shaped me into the man I am today. There are definitely things I shouldn’t have done when I was younger, but I think if I could go back in time I would have just been smarter with my money, saved more than I did, and would have invested in some stocks. It’s really hard to think like that when you’re 17 though if you don’t have someone in your family teaching you about that.
Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
The most important people in my career are:
Brooke Wilson and Larissa Denton: First people I ever sang in front of that gave me the confidence to follow my dream. It’s a moment I was always able to hold onto when things got hard.
Sam Ellis: I’ve written some of my best songs with this dude and I’ve just learned a lot about songwriting by watching him do what he does.
Dan Wise: My manager and the first person to ever recognize my talent and invest me emotionally, with his time, and even a little financially.
David Spencer: The first person to ever produce my songs in a professional way. I had never heard my songs come to life like that. He made me the songwriter and producer I am today.
Tell us about your moment of rejection as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.
You hear A LOT of no’s before you hear any yes’s. I used to beat myself up and lose all my confidence when I would send a song to an A&R and get an e-mail back saying they’re not feeling it. I’ve learned to stay open-minded to people’s opinions, but I’ve also realized that just because an A&R doesn’t think the song is great doesn’t mean that it’s not great. You just have to have thick skin and write as many songs as possible. All the people successful in music are the people who kept going despite their setbacks.
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I plan to make an impact on society by speaking the truth, loving people well, loving people that are hard to love, continuing to share my art, and trying to live more like Jesus.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
I wrote it with Daniel Weber in Santa Monica to a simple track, then sat with the demo for a bit. After sitting with it for a bit and sharing it with people I decided I wanted to cut this song as a single. I ended up going back to LA to redo some vocals and tweak some of the production. The next thing you know, it’s out for the world to hear. 🙂