I didn’t really start writing songs until after college. I became extremely interested in recording, and needed to write songs in order to have something to record. So in many ways, my interest in producing was the catalyst for my song writing.
My first full time job in music, was touring with a band called the Terry Kelley Band. I was hired as the bass player, and traveled with them for about three years. During this time, I wrote my first batch of songs, and put them online via PureVolume.com . After Terry (the lead singer) moved to Colorado, I was approached by a record label called “Outlook Music Company” about my music, and signed with them shortly after.
My full time job is writing string arrangements for bands, and producing people’s albums.
I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. Along the way, I’ve had MANY great teachers. In no particular order, Gem Bishop, Jay Steinberg, Lori Lindshield, Chianne-Yi Liao, and Vincent Bredice. They are the reason I do music today.
I started playing the piano in 3rd grade.
Though the degree to which I am able to play these instruments varies GREATLY, here are the instruments I’ve performed on my albums: Piano, organ, drums, electric and upright bass, guitar, cello, viola, violin, ukelele, organ, trumpet, banjo, and mandolin.
I will never grow tired of “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. Also, I think the string arrangement on “Two Doves” by Dirty Projectors is one of the greatest compositions I’ve heard in modern music.
I wish I did. Does a respectable Scotch collection count?
Dancer In The Dark, Melancholia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 12 Angry Men, The Exorcist, Synecdoche New York to name a few.
I don’t want to over-romanticize this, but there really is only one answer to this- I have to be. I was blessed with one talent, and that is, the ability to play and learn a variety of instruments. There have been times in my life where music was not paying the bills and it seemed inevitable that I would have to get a “normal” job. But rather than do the responsible thing, I followed the words of Carl Sandburg: “I’m either going to be a writer, or a bum”. Sometimes I’m both.
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