How did you get your initial start in music?
My dad was my gateway into music. The “Frampton Comes Alive” album and the song “Do You Feel Like We Do” was the launching point.
What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
A substantive body of work and success on my terms and to leave on my own terms when I’m ready… Not by a suit that’s looking for the next 17 year old with their ass hanging out.
How long have you been writing your own music?
I wrote my first song at 17 and have been doing so ever since. I’m always trying to get better at songwriting – I’m just hoping to beat that first song.
Who are your top three artists/releases that influenced you and why?
Matchbox 20 – “Yourself Or Someone Like You” – because that was my gateway into true songwriting where I found it was okay to simplify and just be honest.
Brand New – “The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me”. This record helped me discover the balancing point between art and commercial viability.
Kings X – “Dogman” – Because I knew I wanted to sing like Doug Pinnick.
Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
I just hope fans really like it – so far the feedback has been very positive. Hit us up on our Social Media (see below) and let us know what you think!
Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any Favorite Venues
We’re based in Memphis, Tennessee. The local scene has deteriorated. It used to be a true scene backed by a local rock station. There’s a few bands that can draw and a station that cycles the same 10 Nirvana and Linkin Park songs 24 hours a day. Minglewood Hall is a great place to play live.
Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Empire City; Dead Soldiers; and Surrender The Fall.
Give our readers a round-up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Official Website: http://www.olrmusic.com/