What were the inspirations for your latest album Clockwork?
“Some of my biggest inspirations were my favorite artists; Mac Miller, Bruno Mars, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, and many more. My personal relationships were another source of inspiration; My parents, my girlfriend, my colleagues and bandmates, my friends, even strangers I’ve encountered. As strange as it sounds, COVID was a huge source of inspiration. I spent so much time locked away in my apartment writing, learning how to better produce music, teaching myself new
instruments, and listening to new music. I was also able to reflect on my relationship with myself during that time, something I think a lot of people forget to do. It’s important to
check in on yourself. Self care is huge for my songwriting.
Why is creating art through your music important to you?
“It’s hard for me to articulate how I feel through words at times. Music gives me an outlet to let
it all out. The songwriting process for me is so therapeutic. I think of music as the soundtrack
to our lives. I take how I feel and put it into song. Whether it be a sad song or a happy song, for
me there is no greater joy than when you see and hear a song come together right in front of you. I think if I can create music that people enjoy and relate to, that brings them happiness, or comfort, or whatever emotion it may be, I have achieved my goal as a songwriter. All of my favorite artists have done that for me, that is why it is so important to me.
What’s up next for you in 2022?
“I plan on focusing on songwriting. I still plan on performing and working on myself as an artist, however, I view myself as a songwriter first and foremost. By the end of 2022 I hope to compile an extensive catalog of original music. If I record it, great. If someone else records it, great. For me, I just want to have what I have to say be heard.”
In addition to your music, how else do you spend your time?
“When I’m not writing, I spend my time watching or playing basketball. I would have been in the NBA if I were just a foot taller and a lot more talented. In the summertime you can find me boating or waterskiing almost every weekend. Outside of that, I spend a lot of my time working in real estate development. I’m
also a board member with Develop New Albany and the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission. Between music, development, Develop New Albany, and the Preservation Commission, I don’t have a ton of free time, but when I do I try as best as I can to just take it easy and relax.