For those people that haven’t heard of you before could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a singer/songwriter, violinist, and guitarist from Wichita, Kansas. I moved to LA after graduating from Chapman University. In addition to my own music, I have written and recorded original music for projects ranging from an independent travel documentary to promotional campaigns for TV/Film studios. Fun fact: I love languages. I’m fluent in American Sign Language, Spanish, and English.
You have just released a brand new single “Won’t Follow You Down” could you tell us a little bit about the writing and recording of that track?
I wrote “Won’t Follow You Down” after finding a new level of strength in my literal and figurative voice. This song is the culmination of empowerment and being your best self without letting anything bring you down. I recorded it with my producers, Mert Özcan and Beto Vargas, at The Record House. They’re musical wizards.
Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?
My parents. They have always supported my creativity and love of performing. Thanks to my dad, I didn’t cut and run from my first public violin recital at age 12. I was extremely nervous, but he assured me that it would all be fine. I’m happy to say I haven’t attempted to flee any performance since then!
What is the most interesting venue that you have performed at?
The Gibson Guitar Showroom in Beverly Hills. It’s such an incredible venue with amazing people running the place. I just had my single release show there and it was a dream.
Which albums do you think have really stuck with you, are there any that have particularly influenced you writing style?
I’ve been more inspired by artists than albums, although I listened on repeat to John Mayer’s EP “The Search For Everything – Wave Two” an obnoxious number of times. Some of my inspirations have been Amy Winehouse, Bishop Briggs, Carole King, Gloria Gaynor, Adele, and The Rolling Stones.
What do you think could be done to help out new artists that are just starting out?
Some advice for artists that are just starting out is to focus on creating the best music you could possibly make. That entails getting feedback from people with some merit in the world of music. It’s really important that your material is top notch, and sometimes you need some feedback from folks who are well versed in the field you’re wanting to be in to help get you there.
What do you think makes your music different?
I say that I write music with a message, because my songs are all meant to be empowering in their own ways. I’m also in love with songwriting, and I’m a sucker for a kickass melody that combines classic influences with modern vibes, which you can hear in my voice and music.
At Artistic Echoes we are always on the look out for new artists do you have anyone you can recommend to us?
An incredible Latin artist, and one of the producers that I mentioned above, is Beto Vargas. He’s a multi-talented singer/songwriter and guitarist whose tunes get you singing in Spanish and grooving to the music.
What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
“Won’t Follow You Down” is the first of four songs that I plan on releasing in the upcoming months that will ultimately compose the next EP. I’m doing things a bit differently this time since I’m releasing each song from the EP as a single first, which I’m very stoked for. This coming year holds a lot of recording with the fellas at The Record House and releasing new music.
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