1. How would you classify your music?
I write in a style similar to the music I grew up with which was 70s rock and americana rock. In the mid 70s rockers like Aerosmith, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, and Led Zeppelin shared the top forty airwaves along side americana legends like Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Those artists sounded to me like they were trying their best to be honest, so that’s how I try to write. My band helps me make the songs sound really big and modern. My band leader, Michael Bradford, takes the best tracks, adds even more bottom, and makes electronic dance rock remixes for club and radio play. Overall, it’s hard to classify so I simply call it modern classic rock.
2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
If I had to commit to only 5 I’d go with Aerosmith, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin and Johnny Cash. All for different reasons and in no particular order of dominant influence.
3. What do you want fans to take from your music?
I spend a great amount of time writing and rewriting my lyrics to make sure they clearly communicate the story i’m telling. I try to be honest and relevant to a wide demographic yet write about my true life emotions or experiences to keep it real and meaningful to the listener. I’m trying to connect with folks while pointing out our similarities which is what bringing people together is all about.
4. How’s the music scene in your locale?
I live in south eastern Wisconsin in a small city named Fond du Lac. There’s a local performing arts center, The Thelma Sadoff Center for The Arts, that is trying to bring together artist’s like myself and give back to the community. Philomena and I have been working some local events to help things get started. We’ve made a lot of industry friends who we hope may eventually also want to help. We’re promoting Fond du Lac everywhere we go. Someday we hope it pays off for both us and our city.
6. What is the best concert you have been to?
I used to run an open mic at coffee house in Oshkosh Wisconsin. It took a while, but I’d get the room filled with the High School kids. They’d hang across the street at the local park. You know the type, the kids nobody seems to want. They’d congregate at the fountain across from the coffee shop until the cops would run them out. Philomena and I would go across the street every Tuesday night before the open mic and personally invite them. Eventually some starting bringing instruments or borrowing mine and playing. A few are now becoming professional musicians. To me, those were my favorite.
7. Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
All the songs mean a lot to me so I’m not sure I could answer that with a lot of rambling and talking on tangents.
8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I’ve been busy writing, practicing, working on performance and fan building. I have such an extensive back log of unreleased and unrecorded songs that I wanted to change things up. As an experiment I decided last fall (2017) to put down my electric guitar as a writing tool for a year and only write on acoustic. This has yielded more songs in the americana and americana rock genre. But no worries, they all rock and will sound great played with big beats, funky melodies, electric guitars and Moog synthesizer.
9. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Tom Delonge. It’s not for the reason you may think. Philomena and myself wrote a song called Alien Abduction which will be released with remixes early next year. A few years ago a group of film makers from Nashville and LA heard an early mix of the song and approached us to do a short film based on our story. We leased a film ranch outside LA, rented some vintage mannequins and filmed all of the scenes using the monologue and story we wrote. We want to release it to film festivals along side the timing of the remixes and could really use some help. Tom Delonge runs a media and entertainment company called To The Stars which is interested in aliens, abductions and related subjects. It would be great to get his help or support and hanging out would be a great introduction.
10 What’s next for you?
We’re in the process of releasing remixes of songs from an unreleased rock album called “Candyland”. I wrote the original album as a 14 act rock musical which when played end to end tells a complete story like The Who’s “Tommy”. I recorded it a few years ago with my Nashville based Super Sunshine band. We’re releasing Michael’s song remixes to the club DJs and we’ve already had two number 1s on both the global dance and crossover club charts. A song called Apple and another called Orange. We plan to continue releasing “Candyland” remixes until we get enough global attention to release the full band recordings, the “Candyland” CD and find help to start a sustainable live tour.