Interview by Heart Your Face Productions
Where are you from?
I was born in New York. I moved to Atlanta when I was 7 and stayed there till I was 19. After a phone call from a friend who was in an emergency, I moved to Denver to help him out. Shortly after moving to Colorado, my father died suddenly and my whole world was turned upside down. I decided to move back to ATL to help my family for a few years while attending college. After a few long years of work and school, I took a vacation to Fort Collins. After staying in FoCo for a month, I decided I wasn’t leaving. I sold my car and everything I could to move to Fort Collins to pursue music and a better life!
How did you become involved in music?
I became involved in music because of my family. Between the church and school, I was always involved in some type of music. I first picked up the bass around 13. Shortly after starting, I quit for two years because my teacher moved to Africa. Luckily, after that two year hiatus, I picked up a guitar and fell in love. After my father died when I was 19, I was dealing with some very serious depression and music production because a huge outlet for me to get relief and express how I was feeling. Music literally saved my life.
What do you play/produce?
I play guitar, bass, drums, keys, synths, mandolin, sing, just about anything I can get my hands on! I produce a wide variety of music from bluegrass to electronic because I love some many genres and styles of music. I love creating music, simple as that.
What music has influenced you?
Rock, Real Hip Hop, Bluegrass, EDM, Jazz, the list is endless…
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Jimi Hendrix. His unique style and incredible talent have always captivated me. I learned a lot from playing Hendrix songs and watching his live performances. He is a huge influence on me as a guitarist and performer. I tend to play with my teeth live, and am always thinking of ways to light my guitar on fire!
What programs do you use to produce?
I remember when I was recording band sessions and making instrumentals on tape! When I moved toward learning production, I started with FL Studio making beats with a friend. Thankfully, I now use Ableton Live 9 Suite, Pro Tools, Native Instruments Komplete Series, Maschine, and various other VSTs for recording, production, mixing, and mastering. I use Traktor for scratching and DJing.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Absolutely, way too many to mention, but you can never go wrong with MoTown. I remember hearing a lot of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett with my grandparents. My family had records growing up, but I really didn’t get the vinyl addiction till I started crate digging. It’s incredible the inspiration you can find in a dusty crate of vinyl!
Have you been in competitions?
Yes! The Kind Dub Krew took 3rd in Colorado Music Buzz’s BandWagon 5 Battle Of The Bands in 2014 beating out 50+ Colorado bands! It took place at the Reserve Casino Hotel in Central City, Colorado and was an incredible experience!
What music are you working on?
The Kind Dub Krew recently released the new single “Revolution”. The KDK has another single on the way titled “Hood Life”. I have started working on a solo EP that will mesh a variety of genres and live guitar. I’ve also started working on new productions with artists such as Grim & Darling, and Passive Tactics. Stay tuned!
When you’re not involved in music, what do you enjoy?
I like…hiking, biking, kayaking, scuba diving, skydiving, gardening, cooking, photography, videos, designing, art, and hot tubs…