What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Well, if I’m honest, I feel that it chose me. I never really saw myself as a musician when I was younger. I just knew that I liked to write and maybe one day I could pair it with something melodic. Once I had the chance of learning instruments, it all came together so naturally.
Introduce us to your musical history.
I started making my own music in late 2018 after my dad bought me some bedroom studio essentials for Christmas. It wasn’t until 2019 that I figured it all out and started making some true original music. My debut single “Wolf” is included in the songs I first started making. It was so weird to make something of my own but it truly felt so good. I could finally put my writings into sound, give them a voice, and hopefully be heard.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I’ve only done a handful of interviews so I don’t have a question I’m tired of…yet. I’ll get back to you on that one.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Absolutely! I love the idea of spreading music as far as possible. It’s wonderful.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
Not intentionally but if I come across something, I sometimes find myself in the rabbit hole. A lot of them are usually music-related.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
No, not that I can think of. If anything, I bought one of the most important things I could at the time — my first electric guitar. A beautiful TV Yellow Epiphone Les Paul Special I with P-90 pickups. It was the central instrument on my first EP “Heat.”
What useless party trick do you have?
I’ve recently learned about the 3-6-9 clap game so I’m intrigued to get people to play it at the next event I find myself at.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I am the definition of a one-man-band. Everything about my music is done by me (for now). All the production, writing, mixing, mastering, graphic design, and all that jazz is done by me. I don’t have a team or any collaborators currently so people may be surprised that every little thing is done by me. However, I’m bluffing a bit because my aunt does appear on the album but other than that, it’s all me!
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
Ooo, I like this one! I would tell the alien it is electrifying, so unearthly, and full of eargasms. They’d be completely blown away by my tunes.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think that what makes me stand out is how honest I am in my music. To be so young and to have such experience in things like true love, heartbreak, depression, and trying to figure oneself out, it’s amazing. People may think that’s all normal for a teenager but it feels different to me. On top of that, the music is so reminiscent of the good music from the 70s and 80s. It’s different enough but it has this nostalgic feeling that’s beautifully charming.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
I’ve been a bit sick for the past few weeks and it’s been terrible. However, I think it’s slowly fading out, thankfully. I’ve got an album to promote!
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
My latest single, “Feels Like Yesterday,” is an acoustic pop bop all about what it’s like to be deserted by someone you once gave your all to. It truly hurts when you and a friend part ways but it’s nice to think back to the times when things were good. If you focus on the good, the bad will go to the back of your mind.
Talk me through the thought process of the album.
When making my new album “Numb,” I knew I wanted to go back to the music I grew up listening to. It’s filled with these funky licks and melodies that were inspired by 70s bands like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Ohio Players, and Kool & The Gang. With this in mind, I was sure to study music from these timeless groups and take elements of their music to put into mine. Beyond that, I wanted to tell a small story of what it’s like to be so in love with someone that you forget who you are and what about yourself you love. There was a time I went numb to myself and let go of myself to an unfortunate degree. I had to quickly snap out of it and focus on what truly matters.
What was the recording process like?
Recording the album was a lot of fun. It was made in my new home studio down in my basement — also known as J3 Entertainment Studios. My dad and I built it from the ground up between March and July of 2021. I forced myself not to record anything until it was done so I could truly immerse myself in the recording process. It was such a treasure and it felt like I was recording so professionally. It’s also my first project with live drums and bass, all played by me. All around, it felt so real and so natural and a huge step up from the bedroom.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?
The biggest learning curve in writing this album was trying to find the middle ground. Trying to transition from writing and singing about a ‘love affair’ to singing about self-love was harder than I imagined it would be. I wrote a lot for this album but had to cut so much because everything needed to be concise, I didn’t want to overdo it. At one point it was going to have between 14 and 16 tracks but I just knew that would be too much. I consider myself a storyteller first so once I was able to find that smooth transition, it all fell into place.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I often think about this and I’ll say I would change minimal things. There’s a song called “Blood of the Summer” that has a small vocal part in it that I would change. Other than that, I’m quite satisfied with the outcome. It all sounds the way it does for a reason.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I plan to get this album in the hands of people all around the world. I think a lot of people who have gone through something similar would appreciate the way it’s designed. I truly hope to also get on a stage and show what I can do there. I’ve got some plans and I can’t wait to execute them all.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
My new album “Numb” will be out on October 21. I am beyond excited to share with the world this portion of my life. It’s as honest as I’ve ever been and I believe that’s pretty obvious upon listening. Until then, my new single “Feels Like Yesterday” is available everywhere. The album will also feature my previous single “Eye Candy.” So, wake up on October 21 and give me 52 minutes of your time. I promise to not disappoint.
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