1: What inspires you to create?
The need to create is something that has always been there for me. The inspirations come from everything around me. Mostly when I need an escape, music has always been there to fix my head and drown myself in creating something new.
2: What advice would you give to someone who wants to be in a creative profession?
Follow what you love in your heart. Don't try to fit in or be something you're not. Be true to yourself and your passion will lead you in the right direction.
3: Do you feel open minded about what you listen to? Do you like going out of your comfort zone?
I would always rather push myself outside my comfort zone to expand on what I am used to. Every style of music has something to offer and keeps things fresh, I always look for new angles and sounds. Sometimes that includes going backwards into things from way back that I just never heard. I've found many gems that I just missed.
4: What outlets do you find out about music from? (Record stores, magazines, samplers, etc.)
I miss record stores, but I mostly hear new music different online playlists or from friends recommendations.
5: What is your favorite format to listen to music on? (CD, Vinyl, etc.)
Vinyl is always the best but CD is easier to find. MP3's are great to find music first then you can dig to find a cd or if you're lucky the vinyl.
6: How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
Two edge sword. It killed the industry (which was ok by me) but it also evened out the playing field for new music to be heard. On the good side you can reach people all over the world a lot easier. but on the bad side the longevity of the music is a lot less. We seem to be in a hear it today gone tomorrow.
7: Who was the first band/artist that became your favorite band?
Steely Dan. they are what got me into playing music without a doubt. But no one (including me) could play their stuff so I ended up playing Rock/Metal early on because that's what kind of bands were around at the time and it was fun as hell.
8: What qualities do you think make a good musician?
Someone who reaches people. Ultimately I think that's what music is all about. I can be self indulgent but at the end of the day do you like your music, do other like your music? Of course you do need to practice your craft and be real with yourself. Some of the best musicians I know don't always do as well as someone who just has "it".
9: Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
Motorsports (My wife and I own MotorCult.com) a clothing line based around motorsports.
10: What was the inspiration for your song “Down The Street”?
That was at a very dark time when my wife and I felt like we were on an island and went through some very hard times to survive. That song has a deep spot for me.