How did you get your initial start in music?
Started to play guitar when I was 12, after my mother died. I got in my first band with some friends in High School. Been in bands and involved in peripherals ways with music ever since, a long time.
What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
Some timeless classic songs that get discovered and passionately loved for generations. The initial goals were met in some ways, as one of the folks that discovered and purchased the “soft” release of the first record, took the time to write an email and said that in his career he saw the worst in humanity every day and that our EP made him want to get up each morning. What more could you want as an artist, besides mad crazy amounts of dollah bills?
How long have you been writing your own music?
I seem to have always been writing songs, at least in my head, for as long as I can remember. I’ve contributed parts of songs in bands I’ve been in, but only in the last 6 or 7 years have I gotten remotely serious about the creation of songs, with me leading the overall vision
Who are your top three influences and why?
The Beatles – The Alpha and the Omega. They set the bar high in all aspects of music creation. Rain and Nowhere Man are perfection. Still sound fresh, and never tire of hearing. The branding, and continued business model is still brilliant.
Big Star and pals/off spring associated – Big Star, and bands like Teenage Fanclub, The Posies, The Replacements and many others. Beautiful songs, and the tragic story of Big Star. There was a time when being a fan of Big Star was like a secret handshake. Well crafted songs, beautifully sung. Different voices and writers but working well together. I like hooks, and a variety of voices in a song. It’s great they are finally being recognized for how great those few records were. I had two of the members of Big Star crash at my house recently. I kinda freaked out.
Dave Grohl. He writes great songs. He loves music. He loves songs. He’s a great drummer. He was an indie suburban DC punk rock kid that happened into one of the biggest, most ground breaking bands of the time. Foo Fighters are really the biggest “rock” band left making some of their best music. Someone described The Maladaptive Solution as sounding like The Monkees backed by Foo Fighters. Considered high praise.
Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
The current single “Ontology (Form and Content)” is the lead track of an upcoming 5 song “movement” or EP, that’s part of a larger 12 Movement\EP series of releases. The “movement” known as “Enlighten”, will contain 3 more original songs by The Maladaptive Solution, plus a full on rawk cover of Krishna Das’ “Navah Shivaya”. The song is based around some pretty heady questions about the nature of reality, and that love being really is the only thing that is real. The song is a required lesson. When the lesson is completed is optional.
Where are you based and what’s your local scene like?
The contributors to The Maladaptive Solution are based across the globe. I am based out of Orlando, FL and the scene is interesting. There was a pretty strong, and cutting edge EDM scene for a while. Lots of opportunities to see live music. A pretty varied scene, and pretty open to original music. Metal, folky songwriter, some interesting punk and indie stuff going on. There’s a growing punk/independent scene across Florida, interestingly enough.
Any favourite venues?
In Orlando, Will’s Pub, The Social are great smaller places. The Hard Rock hotel gets some interesting, let’s say, past their prime, bands playing there once a month in their lobby that can be fun.
Love the Fillmore in San Francisco, HMAC in Harrisburg, PA, The Troubadour in London, any place where there is live original music is a great venue. So many great places.
Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
The Pauses are really good, really really good. Mike Dunn is consistently making some pretty cool music in a Petty kind of way. The Woolly Bushmen should be huge, really rawk and are great fun.
Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
I Tunes, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon, any platform, we are on it. SMS text ONTOLOGY to 85