I was asked some questions for a PR Bio/Interview that would be used for my EPK etc... below are my responses.
What's the name of your new single?
a good time
Significance of the single's name?
Well, basically it is the main hook of the vocals.
Particular theme of the song?
The theme of the song "a good time" is just as the lyrics suggest; "we all want to have a good time". The overall vibe of the song is dark but fun. There is a bit a lethargic sadness in the vocals. Perhaps that is due to the reality that we all face when having a good time. That is the potential downside to it all ranging from hang overs to the possibility of other people being adversely affected.
Album out yet? If not, when?
"Mix 1" will have already been released early January 2018 by the time you're reading this. "Mix 2" is already in the works and will likely be released by the summer 2018 if not sooner.
How does this single reflect the rest of the album?
Well, every song on "Mix 1" stands on it's own but I've made sure the order of the songs on the album make sense to me both in terms of song flow and energy flow. The other songs are different from "a good time" and are different from one another.
What in the song is typical of your music?
Typical throughout Distorted Mix's music is the electronic dance like drum beats, dirty synth bass sounds complimented with distorted grunge rock guitars and vocals sprinkled with trinkets of distorted melodic keys.
What is unique?
The bottom line, is that what makes my music unique is the overall sound and impression that it leaves on you. I always try to work with creating space in what I do but always like to create hooks. I guess it’s the combination of what I do and what I don’t do that makes it what it is. And the overall effect of that and how it leaves its imprint on you, is what makes it unique.
What albums before?
I've released different songs under different names that are out there on the web. But I'm more interested in redirecting that trickle of web visitors to the Distorted Mix music.
How has this evolved your sound?
My sound has evolved just from being open minded to my own diverse musical background and influences. It’s easy to say…”I’m going to produce a rock album that sounds like my rock influences” and then do it. There’s a limited palette of sounds and style you know you have to work with in order to accomplish that and you do it. But to say to yourself… “I want to sound like a unique recording artist bringing together these different worlds of music together in a way that makes sense and with a style all unto itself” is a whole different thing. I think I’m onto something here and at the very least I’m definitely scratching the surface. I think these songs are classics.
Upcoming gig plans,.... Touring?
If (when) I become successful and there becomes a demand for live shows then I would be down with fulfilling those needs. For now, I’m quite content with being a recording artist aspiring to be a part of other people's playlists (OPP). I just like thinking about and working with the great potential the web offers and would also love to get involved with landing some placements in TV/Film etc...
I started producing music in 2001.
Before that I was a drummer for most of my life from middle school on through college and beyond (though I did play trumpet for one year in the 5th grade). When I was a sophomore in high school, I played the drums in the music pitt with older Union hired musicians for some crazy production that had dancers on stage and all these odd time signatures changing throughout the whole thing, it was nuts, and yes I got paid!. I played in rock bands gigging the local club scene as early as my junior/senior year in high school with older, more established rock dudes (not that old but old enough to not have to leave the club right after the show; I had to leave the club right after because I was underaged). Within school I played in the concert band, marching band, in the jazz band etc…
When I got to college I was exclusively into being a jazz drummer. First, I studied at the Hartt School of Music under the mentorship of jazz legend Jackie Mclean and his team of people like Steve Davis and Nat Reeves (both were in his band at that time). Then I went on to Umass Amherst where I learned from jazz giants like Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Tom McClung and Stephen McCraven. Stephen was my drum mentor. (Since then, both Stephen and Tom have been gigging in Paris with Archie for years now living large.) One time, Archie Shepp actually stopped down at the Fire & Water in Northhampton MA at a gig I had with “The Jazz Poets” (we won a Downbeat music magazine award for Umass one year) to sing the blues on a couple of tunes we backed him up on. It was awesome. During that time, (I arrived at Umass in my sophomore year) several graduate jazz musicians took me under their wing and I got all the gigs because I was able to stay out of the way musically speaking and groove on the drums to let them do their thing. That was such a profound experience… here I am getting all the gigs over more experienced, older and better drummers just because I did less, and didn’t show boat. Towards the tail end of college and for a couple years after I used to spend many weekends sitting in on jazz jams in Boston at places like Wally’s Cafe.
I then started to become musically corrupted by some of my former high school musician friends who convinced me to join their psychedelic rock band in ‘96 (4 of us; electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals). We created a stir in the Worcester MA area for a while and it was a hell of a lot of fun. Our first album was jazz influenced by my less than typical rock drumming at that time before we eventually evolved into a more streamlined, though still unique, rock sound. We were original and good at what we did and so this was why we always got the call to open up for some pretty good acts rolling through town (we opened for Godsmack just as they started to get radio play on WAAF, 24/7 Spies and a few others that remain somewhere in a blur of some sort) at places like the Lucky Dog (formerly Sir Morgan’s Cove where the Rolling Stones played once).
After that group disbanded I went on a Cruise Ship for 6 months bringing in the new millennium playing the drums in the band (drums, bass, guitar, piano, horns and sax sections) which played for all the various different acts and shows etc… (I landed that gig through one of my Umass jazz buddies, who ended up being the band leader on the ship; Carnival Destiny). The music was all over the place with genres like Latin, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Country, Rock... you name it. (A musician buddy of mine from that group went on to tour with Michael Buble as his baritone saxist.)
After I got off the ship I was collaborating separately with both the singer and the guitarist of my previous rock band for their own separate music projects. My creative work with the guitarist was to record my drums onto some of his music and then he would record his guitar onto some of my music that I produced. We each recorded out of our own home studios and would transfer audio files back and forth on the on the web. There was some pretty interesting stuff going on there.
My work with the singer involved his new project (3 of us; drums, vocals, electric bass though he would play the acoustic electric guitar on a couple songs). We played the Worcester MA club scene and it offered me the opportunity to contribute musically in terms of creating the backing sound tracks which the group played along to and also to play the piano/keys on a couple of the tunes. The music was eclectic indie pop I guess you could say.
After that in 2007 I started to get into playing/recording with distorted guitars and electric bass for my self produced music to potentially open things up for myself vocally. Over those next few years I produced some music off and on, mostly rock based giving the vocals a try.
During this time I also played the drums for a couple different basement rock projects with other rock musicians. Some of that was recorded but I didn’t play out with either project. Nonetheless it was fun.
In 2016, after feeling a little trapped into sounding like a grunge rock band I said to myself “I want to sound like a recording artist, not a rock band”. I mean I’ll always have that rock sound influence because it’s in my blood and bones, but I also like some pop, hip hop etc… I like those type drum beats and with my jazz background I’ve been exposed to some pretty sophisticated melodic and harmonic stuff. I wanted to open up my sound so that it would resonate with all of my music influences.
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