Interview and written and conducted by Tess Casto
How did your music journey begin?
When I was a wee lad (around 3 years old) my dad bought me a pair of Pro-Mark Ringo drum sticks and would lay newspaper out on the cushion of an armchair and put on the Tears for Fears “Best of” for me to beat along to. Slowly as I got older I was introduced to a real drum kit and started drumming in bands with my older sisters friends when I was 12. More recently I’ve taught myself guitar and bass and started writing my own material.
Were there any notable influences such as family or bands/musicians?
My dad, my mom, and their broad collection of CDs.
Being in “The Britanys” how would say this has impacted your sound?
I learned a lot about songwriting and melody through writing as committee w the boys. Just from watching Lucas orchestrate ideas, I’ve grown a lot.
Since having a solo project, how does it differ from being in a band full of other members?
It’s more introspective because I’m just sat alone with headphones. Both are different enough experiences to stay fresh and influence one another. In one, you get the joy of collaborating with others and making something special, with the other you get free reign to make something fully personal. Both are nice.
What’s your favorite part about being in the music industry?
Good question. I’m not sure there’s any logic in why I want to be a part of it, but I haven’t gotten a “real” job yet.
Since you live in NYC, do you have any favorite concert venues there?
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
Brian Eno, that’s my rock n roll pope~
Lastly, are there any upcoming releases we should be on the lookout for?
Gonna start playing live in September and release two more songs in the next few months. Just made merch, DM 4 one!!