Interview with THUNDERCLAP
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
My friend in middle school told me that I had a big mouth and that I should come sing for his punk band
BUCK NAKED & THE NUDIST’s, so I did.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Like most artists I’m always trying to figure out ways of scratching out a living, although this is a drag sometimes, I also try to embrace it and trust that it will sometimes influence my creativity in ways one can’t predict.
How long have you been making music?
Over 30 years now, and hopefully I’ll be doing for the rest of my life.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I was born and raised in Niagara Falls and though I’ve lived in Toronto and different parts of the states, I’m back in the falls for now at least, it’s a good homebase and I’m surrounded by a lot of resources but my mind is open to consider other places to live in the future for sure. I can see myself having a home in Nashville or Austin or somewhere like that.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
My most memorable shows are turn my numerous residencies at Michael Moore’s Traverse City film festival over last 10 years, I go there more summers and I get to play for pack hoses and I’ve made quite an impression there, met a lot of great folks and I actually got to Open for Anthony Robbins turn a few days said he was introducing his film I am not your guru. Meeting him was certainly a highlight.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Stomping tom Connors, Leon Redbone, and Jack Kerouac.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
It’s who you know and NOT what you know, . . And create a foundation a personal belief concerning why are you make music, and a foundation better be primarily about doing it for oneself.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I song off my first album called ‘The Hitmaker’, in the song I write “On Monday Wednesday and Friday I feel legit, on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday I feel like a fraud and that I should quit, but Sunday I take the day off.”. Whenever I feel bad about myself and what I’m doing, if I Play the song in my own solitude as the song comes from a place of truth and it just means so much to me.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Again songs off my first album, namely: hospital wedding, and I’ve got nothing seem to be crowd favourites
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
Like most artists, it always starts with raw emotion and then stream of consciousness writing, then editing leads the way from there. Music and the emotional arch are the cherries on the top.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
Well my music tries to explore the large pallet of the human experience but what I can tell you about my personal credo is I try to let kindness lead the way.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Just my next album ‘Strange songs for strange times’, and because it looks like I just hope teen myself my first music manager I think the plan is to release it February 1, 2023 at this time. Also I just obtained famous American broadcaster (TBA) who will be narrating my album so I need some extra Time to market this album so as to respect all the work that’s been put into it.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?