1. Could you tell us a little more about your debut as a band ?
My first live appearances with songs from my first album "View from the Inside' was for a songwriters festival in the beautiful Spanish colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It was outdoors in an amphitheatre and unseasonably cool and windy. I had the great Billy (Blanco) White an incredible guitarist/percussionist, accompany me. To warm up I had the audience sing a couple of choruses with me which may not have warmed them, but we all had fun and bonded over laughter and music. The environment in the mountains and the concert was so magical, one I’ll never forget.
Another time we were recording on a live radio show and our bass player was nowhere to be seen. He had decided to take a bathroom break just as the producer told me to count in the band. So no bass for the first verse followed by heavy running feet and the crackle of a bass being plugged in…from then we decided in homage to his bathroom break not to allow him to play the first verse ever again.
2. For our readers who have never heard it, how would you describe your music?
When people hear my music for the first time there have been many different responses. Some say I sound like Van Morrison others have said Jack Johnson, David Gray, Joan Armatrading, Don Henley. But I’ve also been influenced by the soul greats like Marvin Gaye. To sum up there is a soulful element that comes probably from my vocal style, while my compositions can vary from country blues through smooth jazz even to art rock.
3. If I borrowed your ipod right now, what artists would I find in the recently played list?
Bon Iver, Massive Attack, Johnny Cash, Iron and Wine, Lydia Ainsworth,Carl Andre, Ben Harper, Joni Mitchell, Wilco, Donny Hathaway, Van Morrison
4. You just released your album on Jamendo. What stories and messages are you trying to convey through it ?
'She Sings to Me' is the second studio album in the series of three albums that deals with love, loss, hope, sorrow within the cycle of life.
5. What would be your best advice on how to compose a song and what’s your favorite part of the songwriting process?
If you’re like me and start with chords, a groove and singing anything that comes to mind, then it’s always important to catch that initial spark. Record it quickly, the easier the better so you don’t loose that very illusive creative muse. I start at the piano or guitar and record on my IPhone and may record many versions and out of that come the phonetics of a melody that will give you an idea of lyrical rhythm. Then change hats and work on concepts and ideas for your words, finding the right things to say is all about baring all and being honest.
6. What’s your favorite song to belt out in your car/shower/bedroom, at the bar or for karaoke?
I’m usually just singing whatever new songs I am presently writing, although I have been learning Van Morrison’s amazing song ‘Young Lovers Do’ from Astral Weeks and belting that out in the car.
7. What are the best memories you keep from these performances?
Watching the audience get into the music is amazing. Recently we had a guy in the front row literally 3 feet away from us at a sit down concert who I know to be very quiet and serious. He was smiling and grooving and then became totally overcome by the music and especially my sax player’s solo. He literally started screaming “Oh my God this is great”. From a reverential concert it became like a Gospel church Sunday. These are the times you live for.
8. What was the craziest experience you lived as a band?
Years ago I was playing keyboard in a band touring through Europe. In Holland at the brilliant Paradiso club we had these beautiful girls in the front row throwing something at us. At first we thought they didn't like us then we realized it was hash and it was meant as a compliment. Very surreal.
9. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?
To get my music out there so it can heard and find as many uses as possible and Jamendo appears to be the right home for this.
10. Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?
My girlfriend says I dance like a hippie but I think I’m just very expressive..it’s all in the eyes of the beholder.