Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up outside St. Louis, MO. I started playing guitar at at 4 when my brother gifted me a guitar. A few years ago, I started sharing my original songs but couldn't find a singer. So, I took the risk and started going out and working on vocal skills the hard way. About a year ago, after a couple years of open mics, house concert openings, and showcases, I did my first solo show. Been working consistently since.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
If the difference between Fortune 500 business and others is the level of organization, then add that to your game. I organize so many aspects of my music from venue contacts to audience responses to songs. The act helps identify strengths and weaknesses so you can work smarter.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Mistakes are part of performance. Just have to roll with things that happen--from repeating the phrase again in a solo to working through the rare looper glitch to flipping verse lines. Like people say, the main person who notices is you.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I play around the greater St. Louis are am extending to southwest Missouri. Depending on your performance level, people's reactions can be interesting. Like sharing the night doing rounds with a local and you come in with a whole different game, genre, etc. than regulars expect.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Trying so hard to not buy any more gear this year. It's become a joke among friends So no planned upgrades. I currently use Reason with a Nektar controller and Allen&Heath interface. I do m recording, production, mixing, and master with that setup. Efficient work flow and high quality product.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Meeting people face to face has worked the best for me. Such as connecting with other musicians at open mics and jams and following those connections to venue owners to build connections there. As many starting artists, finding music fans and building a relationship is tough. We tend to start in a sea of other musicians and seek those docks and ports with fans. For my goals though, talking to patrons s shows and saying a few words has helped the most.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
So many possible answers. New York is Romanticized a lot. Maybe mid-80's Beastie Boys is the best answer. Though, Prince, Lords Of Acid, The Prodigy, Slayer, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes deserve mention.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I've been participating in a songwriter group based in New York. I'm hoping to be invited to perform a showcase there at the year's end. I'm putting together some tracks for a new album in 2018.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I have an awesome day-job as a teacher. That fuels my creativity, supports some finances, and allows summers off. I can retire in a few years--you can't hardly beat that.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
More new music and more show opportunities. I'm working to get into more venues and connect with more artists in neighboring cities and regions to travel a bit. Also, I'm organizing a showcase event. Working to make this a community event and include more artists.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
My wife Vickie. So many St. Louis locals who are awesome: Nathan Andrews Jones, Lia Glynias, Andy and Emily of Catching The Westbound, Garrett Weaver, David Trull, Joe Bizelli, Jenny Nicole. Some cool local venues: The Wolf and Stone Spiral. The friend who encouraged me to just do this, Randy Meyer. Many friends and students too.