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What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I gravitated to music at a really young age as a listener and a fan. I used to lay on the floor in our living room and just crank out some of my favorite artists. I spent a lot of my Sundays losing myself in songs. Naturally, as I got older, I started creating my own sounds. 

Introduce us to you / all to the members and your musical history.

I’m a pop artist based out of Edmonton, Canada. My musical journey started later than most. I didn’t grow up in a family of musicians just music fans. The first band I sang lead vocals in was a ska/punk band called GDP. After we stopped playing together, I eventually started playing acoustic singer-songwriter shows until I joined a blues/rock band called The Blackstone as the lead guitarist. While I was in The Blackstone, I started another pop/rock project as lead vocalist called The Marquee. I’ve been lucky to tour across Canada a few times, record in L.A., and live and play in Nashville, Tennessee. I’m now back in Canada focusing exclusively on my solo pop project. I started releasing singles for my solo project in 2022 and continue to push through 2023.  

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

This past year has been incredible. I’ve really been pushing myself out of my comfort zone and the response has been amazing. I’m really looking forward to watching what 2023 brings. 

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

When I first really got into writing I was listening to a ton of singer-songwriter shit that was more focussed on the lyrics and the story. That was where my writing went at first. I didn’t really focus on the melodies back then, but I did really help with learning how to tell a story in my songs. When I started really focusing on pop I started focusing on melodies. With a background of trying to tell a good story lyrically and now pushing myself when it comes to melodies, I feel I’m starting to find a good balance in my songwriting. 

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

That hurts my heart to hear. Music is about connection and community so really it’s up to everyone to step up to make sure women feel safe. If we see something that doesn’t feel right, we need to step in and make sure everything is okay. It’s important to make everyone feel safe wherever we may be.

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

I personally love working with other curators. It absolutely helps with reaching new ears. I think its also important to message, share, and comment on other posts. Be diligent to respond to messages and comments. And show that we’re here to help each other. Indie artists have to hustle pretty hard to get out there and having the support of your community is inspiring. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I lived in a van before it was glamourized by social media. I grew up as a Jehovah’s witness but am no longer involved. I almost died by drowning in the ocean while living in Manzanillo, Mexico when I was 19.

What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

Good on Spotify for learning how the masses want to hear music. I’d love to see Spotify set an example and pay artists more per stream. 

Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

Honestly, not anymore. I went through a period where I was trying to “stay off the grid” as I thought the government was just trying to listen in on everything, I grew past that stage in my life. Now I just do what I do and roll with the punches. 

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Nah, not really. Well, maybe some gear that I really didn’t need. That’s a musician’s curse regardless of what’s happening in the world. Through the pandemic, I took the opportunity to focus on making music and being with my family.

What was the worst experience on stage?

I don’t know if it was the worst, but it was definitely the funniest, or most embarrassing. A little back story, my pops had had a brain aneurism a month prior to this show. We were lucky to have him live through it but I had to step up and run his renovation company while he recovered. I was stressed. It was our first show and the first time I went out after it happened. I got there early and started drinking heavily. I drank a bit too much before hitting the stage and during our set decided I would jump off the stage during a guitar solo. Hard fail! haha, I ended up jumping into an overhead monitor and knocking myself to the ground hard lol I finished the solo on the floor. It will forever go down as the show that made me put a drink limit on myself when I’m playing. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I struggle with a bit of stage fright every time I play live. I have to take a few minutes before every show to get my head straight and hype myself up. While I’m on stage all that goes away I’m just in my happy place.

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

I take pride in being very vulnerable when it comes to the stories I tell in my art. I think its extremely important to stay open. 

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

Yeah, I have a new single out called Sabotage. We are proud of this track. Sabotage is a high-energy fun pop song about being triggered in a relationship and wanting to leave. The real story behind the song is the battle with the self we have when triggered because of stories and walls we’ve built to block ourselves from getting hurt. Holding on to these walls and stories often has a by-product of self-sabotage. That’s what this song is for me. It’s the battle I was going through internally when my relationship hit the 2-year mark and we were questioning if our core values and relationship goals lined up. I was fighting with should I say fuck it, walk away, and sabotage myself because I was afraid to really dig deep and address what was blocking me from opening up fully. Or put in the work and break through the stories I tell myself. I chose to walk away in SABOTAGE which made me see through the bullshit I was telling myself. Writing this song helped remind me that putting in the work is always the better path.

Talk to me through the thought process of the new tune/s.

I wanted to have a high energy big sound with this song and show off some vocals. With my previous releases I held back a bit vocally because that’s what those songs asked from me, but I wanted to let loose a bit in this one. I also wanted the melodies to stay interesting which is why the verses have two melodic parts to them. When it came to the bridge, I wanted to have a stadium sound feel which I hope comes across to the listener. 

What was the recording process like?

Sabotage was 90% written when I walked into the studio. I was struggling emotionally at the time, and I shed some tears when I was explaining the story behind the song to my producers. I love working with other artists so leaving the song open to growth while recording is important to me. We typically spend the first couple hours of our sessions talking about the story and opening up to each other so we can really capture the vibes throughout the whole session. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune? 

Every time I get into the studio, I’m reminded to really trust the process and not hold the song back from it becoming what it’s meant to be. Shutting down the ego is always the biggest learning curve.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

I love the song we created and I’m proud of how it turned out. I’d be lying if I said I don’t have a couple of things I’d like to adjust when it comes to levels, but it is what it is. It’s not mine anymore. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I just want to say thank you for taking the time to stop and listen to my music. Creating art and sharing art can be scary but it’s what makes being alive and worth living. If you find yourself at one of my shows in the future, please don’t hesitate to come up and talk to me. I really appreciate connecting with people