Between The Doubts







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is my everything. It’s my oxygen, my nourishment, my religion, my love, my joy, my life.

What is your music dream?

My music dream is to be able to tour and share my music with the world.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would focus on making the world less hate-driven. I would much rather the world be more peaceful; even if you don’t agree with everything that everyone else does, just let bygones be bygones.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I have so many, but if I had to define just one it would have to be “Whatsername” by Green Day. That was the song that broke me out of my grandparents’ oldies and country music and sent me on the hunt for myself and my true identity.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Marilyn Manson, The Used, Type O Negative, The Funeral Portrait, Green Day... I could go on.

What inspires you to make music?

Real events that happen in my life or the world around me.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I have a lot of messages I want to send with my music. But if I had to narrow it down to just one, I want people to just know that they’re not alone when they feel lost or sad. That’s what music has done for me.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

When I’m getting ready to play, I feel horrible. I become a bundle of raw nerves that is about half a second away from jumping out of my skin and shooting straight through the ceiling. But once I play that first note, all those nerves just melt away. It’s like they were never even there in the first place. After the fact, I feel great.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Writer’s Block. I hate when I want to create something new, but I can’t really think of anything. It’s really a miserable feeling.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I do support my local scene. I go to as many shows as I can at venues in my area.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I believe that having “real music” with actual instruments and genuine talent is key, especially when the concept has fallen into the wayside and been overshadowed by strictly computerized synth tracks and auto tune. I also feel that there are bonus points for having meaningful lyrics that come from the heart instead of the dime-a-dozen topics you hear on standard radio nowadays.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

The Funeral Portrait; an alternative rock/metal band from Atlanta, GA, also some very good friends of mine. Megosh; these guys are from Baltimore, MD and write some amazing songs with a good blend of funny and serious topics, and they are some of the most laid back and fun guys to hang around. Solancy; a very dear friend of mine from here in St. Louis, MO who knows how to write some kick-ass tunes. Unimagined; an awesome metal band from St. Louis, MO who can really please the crowd at their shows.