I couldn’t be more excited to wrap up the Q & A series with an artist that has always been there for me both musically and personally. Diesel!! Huge thanks to Ash Grunwald, Kasey Chambers, Deep Purple’s Steve Morse, Tommy Emmanuel, Baby Animals Suzi DeMarchi, Wes Carr, Electric Mary’s Rusty, Simon Meli and Brooke McClymont for also sharing wisdoms. It’s refreshing to hear from those who have successfully and SANELY integrated music into their lives. I’m warmed by the love. These stories have helped spark the flames to make a new record and get back up on stage! Yewwww! Massive thanks to The Music Network, Paul Gildea, Clay Doughty, my beautiful family of course Jaden Social for being legends! I can’t thank you all enough!
n an industry where expression collides with business, how do you keep the passion to play/write music alive?
I feel you have to fundamentally love the process, whether it’s bringing people together with your live performance or trying to turn what is in your head into a tangible piece of music people can listen to by making a recording.
Have you ever come close to leaving music? If so, what prompted it and what inspired you to stay?
I’ve pondered what I’d be doing if I didn’t do music, but the actual reality is something I find frightening.
How do you stay true to your vision, in an industry that is filled with opinion?
Opinions can hurt sometimes; you get better at sensing when comments are “loaded”. Constructive critique can move you to try and look at things in a different light.
I accepted a long time ago some people were never going to “get” my music. Having said that, part of my job will always be to try to win them over.
What does the day of a gig right up until stepping on stage look like?
Eating, hydrating, running. All done hours before being in front of people. I like to juxtapose the environment of a venue with getting outside, nature preferably. The harder days for me are when I’m unable to do that.
What tips do you have in balancing family with music life?
Music can be consuming. On the upside, it has also allowed me to spend a lot of time at home – time that people working conventional hours might not get