Describe your music in 5 words or less.
A portrait of how life unfolds.
How did you get into making music?
I’m a classically trained pianist, and that taught me the ropes on a bunch of different instruments. I always wanted to be in a band. I came up as a drummer in high school and put those aspirations aside for college. I graduated at the crest of the recession with a degree in economic and finance, so like the worst majors you could have at the time. I decided to go back to music and see what I can do. I worked hard to be in a band but no one was doing the things that I wanted to do. I like really simple songs, and no one else was really doing that at the time. Everyone I knew didn’t want to go on tour, or put in the time it takes to record a record. So it was just left to me to make the music that I want to make.
You recorded all your tracks in Chicago. What was your experience with Chicago recording studios?
I’ve recorded in a lot of recording studios; personally I don’t use any that have a day rate of more than $500. I also don’t go to any studio that doesn’t have a tape machine, because I adore the sound of recording on magnetic tape. I’m really pursing the perfect analogue sound. The first half of my record was recorded at Soap Box Music. That was good but we had different visions on where we wanted this record to go. I just had to keep him on track with what I wanted. The second half was recorded at Carterco. It was actually two EPs that I recorded there before they closed down. This recording studio basically just hit record and didn’t comment on anything, just adjusted however you told them to. That was very educational for me. I expected everything to just fit in, but having the responsibility of checking the levels and making it what I want was very eye opening for me. I say if the song came out good on recording then it was a good studio.
What is your favorite song to perform live?
The ninth track, under the gun. That was the first song I wrote for this project. I had this delay pedal that I had never really experimented with before, and I turned it up. It was like this waterfall coming out of my amp. It’s just a nice summer song about a girl.
So what’s next for this project?
Probably just touring a ton. Playing music wherever I can get a gig and maybe recording another record.