- How did you get your initial start in music?
I picked up the guitar at age 12 when I was moving from GA to TN, music quickly became my identity. When I moved to AZ at the age of 15 I started going to local shows and falling in love with DIY indie and emo bands. Been hooked ever since!
- What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
Outsell Coldplay! Just kidding. While financial stability is always desirable we are not truly after fame. We want people to connect with our music, our words, our messages, themes and ideas. We want to be a higher art that can speak for an entire group of people who are having a hard time articulating their thoughts and emotion. Those connections are what we strive for so that we can ultimately have a positive influence and contribution to our generations culture.
- How long have you been writing your own music?
I actually never had any guitar instructors or vocal teachers, I was all self-taught. Because of it, I’m awful at covers… so essentially the day I first plucked a guitar (age 12) I started writing my own music.
- Who are your top three influences and why?
People, local music, poetry. Other people give me access to new stories and experiences. Great art shares sublime experiences, so those fresh perspectives on love, loss and all the above are absolutely essential in everything we write. Local music is the next biggest influence. We try hard not to play whatever the popular flavor of the day might be, but rather follow what comes natural to us. Local music is what we have been exposed too, and with all the other brave artists out there in AZ experimenting with new sounds, we get to take the parts we love and substitute our own ideas as well. Poetry is my third biggest influence. I went to school and have a degree in poetry. But more than that, poetry is a minimalistic art that breeds magic. Magic and spells are always portrayed as words are they not?? So why not consume the works of greats, up n comers, and your friends. You’ll never know what word may inject caffeine into your soul. One perfect word is all I need to build a song.
- Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
The album is somewhat of a break-up album, chronicling the various stages of a doomed relationship from the moments leading up to the split until the resolution and recovery. I say “somewhat” because it is not a concept album. The songs do not tell one specific story, but are a compilation of personal experience and the stories I’ve witnessed from friends who had their own hearts disintegrated into red dust.
- Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
Phoenix Arizona. Our music scene is fantastic and absolutely on the rise. We have veterans like The Maine and Jimmy Eat World still hanging around and several locals on the rise getting signed and doing full US tours. Arizona is such a creative state and the fans are super passionate and supportive, we wouldn’t want to call any other place home!
- Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Whew, there’s a lot. Unfortunately there’s too many and I don’t want to start any political drama by leaving anyone out, so I’m going to have to humbly leave you in the dark with this question. But wander over to our Instagram or Twitter, we try to promote at least one local band a week!
- Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Twitter and Snapchat at TheBreakPattern. But our favorite is Instagram at TheBreakingPattern. You can send us messages or comments all day and we’ll always get back to you!