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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Music kind of came into my life a bit late, I started in high school and sort of fell in love and realized I could really do it. I don't come from a particularly musical family, although we are a bunch of music appreciators, it was exciting to my family when I started writing songs. If I wasn't doing music I would either be a sports broadcaster or journalist most likely.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
So I'm a huge sports fan so going to a sporting event really is good for me. Creatively, it helps because you get to see all different types of people and hear funny one-liners all the time.
How long has music been your career?
I've been singing since I was young, but I've been doing it professionally for about 5 years now.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I'm based out of Langhorne Pennsylvania. It's a pretty generic, suburban neighborhood. Music culture is really rich here though and the music programs throughout my school experience definitely inspired me to be who I am today.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
The best show I ever played was opening up for Andy Grammer at the Wilmington Flower Market Festival with my band "Nothing but a Nightmare", the best experience ever. The worst show I ever played was also with that band. We just started out and we played a car show at a high school. It was horrible weather and we played for 5 people in the parking lot and stopped because we messed up one of the songs. Thank god we got past that phase.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
My favorite venue is a place in Philly called the Voltage Lounge. It's a really small space that's got amazing FOH people and a great atmosphere. It almost shut down because of COVID, but the community came together and helped save it which is really special.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Ok so of course, me. Then IDKHOW, Fall Out Boy, and Panic! at the Disco. Dream Team.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
Don't do it. I'm kidding of course. I would say be overly prepared. You can feel really good about a release, a show, or a video and still miss an important small detail. Attention to detail is key.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
Don't waste time worrying about things you can't control and use music as a catalyst to channel those emotions.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Livia. 100%. I had this set of lyrics for a long time and it was about someone driving you crazy in love. And when I met Liv I knew I was going to write something about her. And the rest was history.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Again, Livia for sure. It's about my girlfriend and I picture her every time I play it, so that's an easy answer.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
For me I get inspired by anything that emotionally moves me, I don't like to get caught up in genre or anything, if I wanna write a hip-hop song or a punk song, whatever, I'll do it to get my point, and vibe across.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Just positivity honestly. People, myself included, get too caught up and waste lots of time worrying about things they can't control. So working on mental health and just being more positive is my overall message and also just telling a good story.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
With my band "Nothing but a Nightmare" we had a lot of problems, especially my co-writer and I who used to play the keyboard for us. The only way to move past it is to communicate. If one person in a working relationship is not willing to communicate, it's most likely not the right thing for you as an artist.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?:
New music is coming soon so that's great. My overall goal is to tour so if that can happen, I'll be content.
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