1. Could you tell us a little more about your artist name and your debut as an artist (any fun anecdote about your debut)?
MMO is simply the initials of my birth name. Back in college, our group of friends had specialized computer login usernames that were assigned to us, and it incorporated your first, middle, and last name initials. We started addressing each other by the three initials instead of our first names, and the nickname stuck. It was around this time that I began creating music armed with only a guitar, cassette four-track recorder, and drum machine. I managed to put together a collection of tunes, and MMO seemed like the logical choice to call myself at the time. Who knew I would end up being confused with Massive Multi-Player Online or Music Minus One?!!
2. For our readers who have never heard your music, how would you explain it and who are your main musical influences?
If I had to explain my music in a few words, they would be "Rawking, Fun, Quirky, Guitars! Guitars! Guitars!, Genre-Blender". My main influences are Devin Townsend, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Van Halen.
3. You just released your album on Jamendo. What stories and messages are you trying to convey through it ?
With each collection of songs, I am always striving for the purest self-expression possible. Whatever recent struggles and observations that happen to be on my mind when I create music, no matter how trivial, tend to permeate and shape the sound and message. I’m not really trying to convey anything in particular, other than thoughts and feelings that I selfishly feel compelled to purge. However, I do try to steer myself towards subject matter or perspectives that I’ve never quite heard in any song before.
4. What would be your best advice on how to compose a song and what’s your favorite part of the songwriting process?
The biggest piece of advice I would give any songwriter is that there are NO RULES! If you follow your heart and are true to yourself, any form of self expression, musically or otherwise, is completely valid. My favorite part of it all is the moment (after many hours of hard work) you realize you’ve created something that (hopefully) doesn’t suck!! I also love the fact that you’ve created something that previously never existed in the world.
7. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?
By sharing my music for free and without much restriction, I increase the opportunities for my music to be heard and enjoyed.
8. Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?
Some fans may not know that I have an extensive background in television. I contributed two seasons worth of music to a cult classic comedy/horror series called “Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil”. If you’re a fan of stoner humour meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer you should definitely check out this awesome show!