Where are you from, where are you now, and what is keeping you there?
I was born in Atlanta, Georgia but grew up in Beaufort, SC. I now live in the Licton Springs neighborhood of Seattle. I’m kept in Seattle because I have a job I like (teaching music) and have a network of artists who got my back.
Aside from The Co Founder, and City Hall are there any other groups you are playing with?
Nope, I get spread thin pretty easily.
You play both bass and guitar, which do you prefer?
It’s a toss up but I’d have to say guitar. It’s nice to be able to play a song with just you and the guitar and not have it sound like it’s missing something.
You and Casey Danau both sing in the City Hall. How do you two determine who sings what? Do you both share the writing responsibilities?
Good question. When we first started we really tried to divvy up the vocal parts of songs evenly between us. You can hear that on Home Cuts.
On Y.R.S./Remission and this new full length we’re working on, there’s more an emphasis on harmonies.
The City Hall's last release was a cassingle titled Y.R.S / Remission. How was working on that? Do you have any fond memories of your time recording / did you learn anything while working on that project?
It was a good thing for us to do in terms of learning how we’d want to make a full length. We’re proud of the songs. We spent way too much time on it. We were living in Seattle but mixing it with Brenden Silk in Bellingham. He did a great job but the driving really slowed us down and cost a lot.
Who are your main influences in music?
Grandaddy, The Cure, Peter, Bjorn, and John, Modest Mouse, Kanye West.
Do you have any rituals that help motivate/inspire you before you go on stage.?
I really should. Taking a walk around the block seems to help me.
Lets get a few of the favorites questions out of the way.
Favorite local(Seattle)band at the moment?
Favorite not so local band artist?
Car Seat Headrest
Favorite place to visit?
Least favorite place to visit?
My alma mater WWU. For some reason it makes me feel really weird. I had a good college experience but visiting it now makes me really depressed.
Five favorite albums?
- Building Nothing Out of Something,
- Writer’s Block,
- Perfect From Now On,
- Late Registration,
- The Cure Greatest Hits
Bloc Party at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC!
Favorite slice of pizza?
Pineapple and anchovies. I’m not joking.
Are there any Perks of being a musician?
Free drinks, although I don’t drink much anymore so it’s nice when venues let me get food instead.
Traveling and seeing parts of cities you would only see as a musician.
How about the frustrations?
Lately it’s been thinking how nobody will listen to our upcoming album. In 2017 it seems like everybody’s afraid of that. There’s so much noise out there. Anybody can put their music up, which is cool but makes it hard to be heard. I have so many friends who are just sitting on finished albums cause they’re afraid no one will listen and it will just get lost in Bandcamp land.
So far, what is your favorite project you have worked on and why?
This City Hall full length – Real Nice & Hurtful. I’ve learned so much about recording and making albums through Mike Davis in this process.
What can you be found doing outside of your art?
Hiking. Swimming. Throwing ball for my dog Lola.
I really need to get on this Twin Peaks train. Just seems like a lot of work.