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Hello Dear Genre! Thank you for speaking with me today!

Tell us about your latest release!

My latest release is called 'Parliament'. It came out at the end of January and is an acoustic driven up-tempo song with a 90's edge to it. Stylistically I guess you could say it's

a little beachy and a little pop-punk but overall this single is more in the direction of some of my earlier material with the acoustic guitar and cleaner, more controlled guitar tones on the chorus.

What was the creative process for it?

For 'Parliament', My end goal creatively was to keep it as stripped down as possible instrumentally while maintaining a "full band" feel.

I started on acoustic guitar like I do most often when sitting down to figure out a song and moved forward creatively with the mindset that whatever I added to the song was going to be sparse.

In the final cut you can hear a very simple electric guitar with a fairly clean tone compared to a heavy overdrive I would often use to accentuate the chorus. You'll also notice that instead of a full drum kit,

I used a cajon. A wooden, box-shaped percussion instrument that's played with the hands instead of sticks. For the cymbal crashes, I used mallets to create swells on a ride cymbal. In combination the two acted as my drum kit.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Some of my biggest musical influences of all time are easily Nirvana, Pink Floyd (the original line-up with Syd Barrett) and Foo Fighters.

The Foo Fighters wouldn't exist without the demise of Nirvana so my 'fanship' really just carried over. I'm dying to run and see The Foo Fighters "Studio 666" Horror movie that was just released!

Who would be a dream collaboration for you?

I have multitudes of favorite bands and one of them I didn't name earlier was MGMT. I think a collaboration with them could blend well stylistically and from what I've seen 'fanwise',

they seem like down to earth guys who just wanna do what's best for the music.

Do you have a piece of advice you carry with you that you like to pass on to other musicians?

Sometimes, I feel protective or self-conscious about the idea of putting my "true self" into my songs where people can see them and judge them and tear them apart if they don't like them but

my advice is to think about the incredible possibility that putting your "true self" on the line in your songs could affect one or two people in a real and profound way.

Any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?

These questions about musical influences and dream collaborations reminds me that I just shot an episode for a show called "The Subterranean Boat Show"

That hosts local artists from the region at a record store in the city. The show is a platform for the artists to play a few songs live and walk around the record store/venue

while shopping for their favorite music/ talking influences, inspiration, collaboration etc.. The episode will be released in the middle of next month and will immediately make

it's way onto YouTube & my website.

Please let everyone know where they can keep up with you and your music!

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