Who are your top 5 influences? I’m midway through a total r&b/hiphop/pop binge. I’ve got a playlist on Spotify called Almost Famous that I update regularly. Right now there’s on there tracks by blackbear, posty, Bryce Vine, and Quinn XCII. But that’ll get switched up soon enough. I grew up listening to my parents record collection. 10 year old me was obsessed with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and The Beatles. A little later I would dive heavy into Marvin Gaye and Donnie Hathaway’s catalogue. That music is pretty tough to get away from. For my own part, I’m just trying to bring together the lyricism and soul of some of last century’s music together with the vibe and attitude of today’s.
When are your new projects coming out? My last release was in September. Since then I’ve written a few albums worth of music that’s now getting polished up for release. Some of it will feel pretty familiar to people who know me, but a lot of it is VERY different. I don’t want to say much more than that— I’m just amped to see how people react to it. My team has some singles planned for release in the coming months. Expect to see some longer form projects from me later in the year.
What helped you get into music?I think I was like 5 years old when I went to my first rock concert. Both of my parents are kinda hippyish. They never played music themselves, but growing up some record was always on in the living room. Their enthusiasm was contagious. At some point in late middle school I started going to these weekend jam sessions at Wally’s jazz cafe in Boston. The musicians there were incredibly talented, especially to a 13 year old kid 10 feet from the action. I’d take two busses to get there and two to come home every Saturday and Sunday to play a song or two with them.
What are your biggest goals for 2020?I’ve got some pretty ambitious longer term goals, but there are some hurdles to jump between here and there. This year I just want to keep writing and releasing songs that I love, to stay in touch with my fans, and to meet a bunch of new ones along the way. Oh yeah, I’m moving to LA in a few weeks. I’ve spent the past two and a half years going back and forth every month or two. It’s been great, but kinda chaotic. It’s time for something a little more permanent.
But don’t fret Boston peeps, I’ll be back on the reg.
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