Tell me about yourself—who are you, where are you from? Do you have any other hobbies? Please include any and all social links and anything else you feel mentionable here!
I’m a 23 year old vocalist and vocal coach from The South Shore of Massachusetts. I love working out, cooking, playing basketball, drawing and poetry. Most of all, I love being kind to others. 🙂
As a vocalist, what is your writing process? How do you incorporate your lyrics into the music?
I usually write a lot of lyrics on my own time. I will often actually dream of a melody. If I’m lucky enough to remember it, I will instantly hum it into a voice recorder on my phone when I wake up. A lot of the time, though, the guys will send through a track and I will work my magic around the demos they send my way. Overall I am pretty flexible when it comes to songwriting and ain’t a picky guy. I will make it work. I love music and I think that you can go about songwriting in numerous ways with the right mind set. 🙂
What inspires you to write and what are most of your lyrics about? Do or will you be following a theme per album?
My path to sobriety has been a huge drive for writing as of recent but I think it all depends on my mood and what has been going on. I usually write about all sorts of different topics. Sometimes I’ll write based on a fictional story I created in my mind, I definitely enjoy that kind of stuff. As for concept albums, I do enjoy them and I have written one out of all of the stuff I’ve put out. I think doing them here and there is more exciting than constantly creating a theme. Sometimes sticking to one thing is stressful and you run out of room for creativity. I feel slightly limited sometimes but the recent EP “Peace Of Mind” by my band Late 9 was themed around my three fears growing up.
Who inspires your vocal style?
Chris Cerulli of Motionless In White
Jonathan Davis of Korn
Dan Watson of Enterprise Earth
Vince Neil of Motley Crue
Michael Swank of Myka Relocate
Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel
(And Chelsea Grin, Within Destruction, and The Word Alive)
What has been your personal journey with music?
I personally started writing at a young age as a way to decompress and appreciate things more. Then it became more than that. I fell in love with being a musician/artist and really took it serious. I had a huge problem with drugs and alcohol and I’m open about that now because I think it’s good to confront. I personally believe my becoming a music artist is the only reason I’m still standing. It makes me look at it even more seriously now that I’m recovering and much more stable.
This is something I ask every musician I meet, were you band geek in school?
I was not. I actually was quite the troublemaker but hey, school isn’t for everyone. I felt very judged by the administration and as a young man I figured rebelling was the best way I could get at them for looking at me and my friends as the outcasts. I didn’t really do much for electives and all that in school but I did do chorus for two years.
Do you play any instruments and if so, what gear do you use?
Aside from vocals I play guitar, bass, drums, piano and harmonica as a hobby. I’m not going to go to in-depth but my dad and I play Gibson, Epiphone and Ibanez here at the house and for drums I like a nice Pearl Kit.
What is your ideal microphone for recording and live shows?
When I track from home for demos and when I hit the actual studio I always use a sm7b and when I play live I use a wireless sm58.
When did you start singing and how would you describe your vocal style?
I’ve been singing since I could speak. My parents could never get me to be quiet, I just love it. I’ve been doing extreme vocals (screaming) since I was 15.
What has been your best moment playing a live show?
I don’t think there is a specific moment. I’d just say every time I jumped into the pit and moshed while performing with my fans and homies or simply just engaging with the crowd while singing a chorus. There is nothing more comforting than that for me. Moral of the story is our fans are wild!!
Do you have any band recommends that you personally dig?
Yes. I’m not naming big names, this one’s for my friends and family in the local scene and bands starting to blow up.
No Eye Has Seen
Parts Per Million
Have you been or are you a vocalist with other bands?
Yes I’m in three bands:
What does the future look like for you? What is your biggest dream?
Getting sober made me realize I have all the tools in order to reach where I want to be in music. What I want is to tour the world, giving my all for everyone and being stable financially from music. I believe this can be a reality sooner than later.
Anything you would like to tell other aspiring vocalists?
Never give up and don’t cheat yourself. Your journey is your journey and don’t let anyone else tell you different. Don’t be scared to ask for advice.
I see you’re into art, what is your primary art theme? What inspires it?
I draw here and there and love to draw horror related stuff. Letter art is really fun, I like horror themed graffiti.
What author inspires you the most?
I love Edgar Allen Poe but he was more a poet.