Q2 – What can you tell us about the story behind your first studio album Disasterpiece Theatre? What were the main influences, inputs in this album?
A2 – I started working on the oldest songs when I moved to LA, and just kept building it while trying to sort out life on the west coast after a life in New England, which was a rough but amazing transition. While I was trying to find my place out here I started honing ideas and writing more seriously, not knowing what would come of it but knowing I’d eventually have a record, whether I was on my own or in a band, and with or without support. I just kept pushing.
Lyrically, my songs are influenced by the state of the world, love, loss, and the resilience of the human race in a world where everything gets judged in dollars. This world is weird, and to be brutally honest I see the world through the lens of depression, like a lot of people do. Writing is how I address my demons, so yeah, I can get dark.
Musically, I’m influenced by two camps: One, the people who have massive soundscapes that take you to a different place, like Pink Floyd, Yes, The Verve, Peter Gabriel, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, and a modern artists like The National who really know how to channel an atmosphere and get it on tape. The other side is artists who just nailed the concept of the concise, simple, perfect song. The Beatles, Tom Petty, Blur, Oasis, Nada Surf, Frank Turner, Kasabian, U2, The War On Drugs, The Weeknd… really, anyone with a killer melody and a decent story.