What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Definitely alternative. I would best describe my sound as a mix of some acoustic with a bit of synth or electronic in a few songs.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Originally my stage name was 'Enlightened' and I used that for a while but then others in other parts of the world were using that name as well around the time so I dropped it.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
I have had many musical influences in my life. Definitely Madonna when I was a child. I always knew I wanted to do music but got into alternative acoustic while serving in the military. Also, Enya, Bjork and Sarah McLachlan have played center stage in my life.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Right now I am working on film festival submissions of my poetry and music videos. I have not picked up the guitar in a little while.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I would really like to get a record deal actually. All my life I have dreamed of becoming a Rockstar and I have had some success but I would really like to be placed alongside the big boys(or girls).
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track to perform is 'becoming' because it has the most meaning to it. The song is about a lost love and basically wrote itself out of a longing for my love. The song got picked up by a filmmaker and was showcased all over the world and on tv...so I am pretty proud of that.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The rejection. Year after year of trudging through rain, sleet and hail to deliver or mail demo CD's to record labels has taken its toll. Plus rejection from radio stations as well. I have basically been doing all this on my own from the beginning and it has all been trial and error. I even faked a letter by the Prime Minister of Canada once to a record label to try and get them to listen to my demo. I guess it is a matter of how bad do you want it.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My typical process changes with the instrument I use. If I use the guitar, I like to write a few chords that loop into a jingle, then add some lyrics and build off of that. If I use a keyboard, I just write a few bars and then repeat it over and over until the lyrics come to me. However, most of my music has been done on my own so I am not too sure how collaborations with others would affect my song writing process. Sometimes I feel it is not me writing the songs but something through me...it is weird like maybe possession or something. I barely know where my first album came from as I was on auto pilot and detached because of military service.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
To be honest, it has helped me disseminate my music around much of the globe to places I would have otherwise not been able to reach without a major labels help. All platforms like Facebook and Twitter etc do help you reach people and I have had a few opportunities by networking with people in the industry on social media.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Enya, Sarah McLachlan are my main go to people. I stalked Sarah McLachlan's social media for a while asking her if she would mentor me but I got no response and gave up after a while.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I served in the Canadian Armed Forces for a few years. I got to experience a few things and travel so that was good. I also worked construction and was a farmer for a little while but I always knew I wanted to do music.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
The more people you can get to help you the better. Many of the big stars have teams of people that help them. Also, strategy helps. I took the long way around because I am stubborn and wanted to do things on my own but it would help if you have someone in the business to guide you to your desired result.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would not reject so much. I would even reply to all the demo submissions encouraging people to keep going and growing. Many people give up with their song inside of them.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I am a superfreak about originality. When I was a child I plagiarized a poem to someone as a gift because I wanted to give them something and didn't know how to write. I was maybe six years old but the guilt I felt because of that was enough to change my life where all my music is basically originals and I do not do covers.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Basically I live for music. It guides my soul to peace every time I hear certain artists. I am so glad we are able to record it and play it back at leisure...not like the old days. I am looking forward to communicating with the world through my music.
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