- Tell me about your newest release “highway” and the process behind its creation.
I started the creation process of “highway” in late March. I was simply messing around on my guitar, trying to find cool sounding chord progressions, and the one that I ended up using really caught my attention. It sounded complex enough, yet still catchy, and I immediately recorded it on my computer. From there, I just added drums, a ton of background riffs and melodies on the guitar, and vocals. It was around mid April/May at that time and I really wanted to create lyrics that embodied being free and having a good time (especially because of the COVID-19 lockdown), but I didn’t want the lyrics to sound too cheesy. I workshopped the lyrics for about two weeks, and finally came up with some that I felt good about. I then spent a decent amount of time mixing and mastering the track, and I released it on all platforms at the end of June.
- What first got you into music?
Both my parents had played musical instruments throughout their lives, and so I had this really little violin that I played for around two years before kindergarten. This was my first true introduction to music, but in first grade I had this really energetic and passionate school music teacher, and he was what really got me engaged in music. I started taking private guitar lessons from him, and it’s been a part of my life ever since.
- What and who is the biggest inspiration for your work?
As a kid, I loved Bruce Springsteen. Something about his performance style and his persona really inspired me. Aside from Bruce, and more recently, my musical inspirations have been a multitude of Indie and Alternative artists/bands, including, but not limited to, Wallows, Alvvays, Boy Pablo, Phoebe Bridgers, and many others.
- What are the challenges of balancing your music and your other commitments?
There are a lot of challenges that come up when trying to juggle music, school, and extracurriculars. For me, I usually can’t make good progress on songs if the time is specifically cut out for music-making. Everything is typically spontaneous, and sometimes I can be sitting at my desk for four or five hours, and make tons of progress, or barely anything at all. It all just really depends on the moment.
- What are your short-term and long-term musical goals?
As far as short-term goals are concerned, I am almost done with my first album. It has been in the works for around eight months, and I expect to have it out on all platforms in the coming months. Talking long-term, all I know for sure is that I want to keep creating, producing, and releasing music. Before COVID-19, my plan was to play as many shows as possible, and try to enter the Pittsburgh music scene. Unfortunately, that is not entirely possible at the moment, so my current long-term goals are just creating more music, and adapting to new situations. When this all passes, I can’t wait to continue playing live shows.
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