...I am happy to be a SOLO ARTIST that plays ALL INSTRUMENTS, (as opposed to 5 guys with 5 different ideas). It has just always been easier for me to write and record my ideas by playing all the instruments myself. I take great pride in my work, and being able to do it all myself, I am able to capture an idea and really take it to a more detailed and intense place. It has been fun to be able to ‘unload’ my creative ideas in the home-studio. In the true spirit of making respectable art, and music that rocks, I will always be making new albums and recording new ideas.
Sometimes I like to cut loose, and dabble in METAL and ACOUSTIC music, but I prefer to consider myself a ROCK artist, that genre feels the most comfortable to me. It gives me the most freedom to change my musical direction if I choose, and I don’t want to be an artist trapped in my genre. I’d like to give an ACOUSTIC listener something a little heavier to listen to, and a METAL listener something a little softer to hear.
In my home-studio, i truly feel like i am living in the artist's paradise, doing whatever i please. I try to do 1 new album every year. In the time it has taken me to get this far, i feel like i have already written a career's worth of solid material, and i have really 'found myself' as an artist. My goal is simply to reach as many people as i can, and to maybe help make a small difference in the world, to be a voice of empowerment and positivity. But is it wrong to want more? Because i want that too...
I have always been inspired by all types of music. Any honest art that has something good to say, and a positive reason for being is what turns me on. I do demand positivity from the music i enjoy listening to. And i do not care for music that promotes negativity, hatred or ignorance. Life is too short to be wasting time on negativity.
My true musical heroes are people like Bono, Sting, Gord Downie, Bob Geldof and Bruce Cockburn to name just a few. Though my musical tastes are a bit different from theirs, I admire the way they put their names and reputations on the line, to stand up for good causes, and to enlighten people to important political and social issues. And i do have a soft spot for Canadian bands and artists such as Nickelback, The Tragically Hip, Gowan, and Rush. I like bands and artists that represent good music from Canada, as i am a proud Canadian.
But musically, you can add Dave Mustaine, Billy Corgan, James Hetfield, Matthew Good, Kurt Cobain, Three Days Grace, Paramore, Roger Waters, Ani Difranco, Phil Collins, Pantera, Dan Swano, Novembre, and Peter Tagtgren, among many others, to my list of influences too! I especially like artists that can do it all themselves, solo artists that have a single vision, but i do enjoy a wide variety of different music.
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