1. For many artists, they cite a defining moment for themselves when they knew they wanted to be a singer. For many it was the appearance of Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, to another generation it was the Beatles’ appearance on Sullivan half a decade later. Is there such a defining moment for you?
Answer: I sang the lead in a full operetta at the age of 11. I had learned everything by listening to the record. Had something written up in the newspaper. Kinda got an inkling then.
2. When you’re not creating music what are you listening to? Who are some of your favorites?
Answer: Annie Lennox, Coldplay, Radiohead, Garbage, Six-pence None The Richer, Police, U2, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Elliott Smith
3. What would you say is your greatest moment so far as an artist, either on record or live?
Answer: That’s a tie. I opened for Aimee Mann in Honolulu, where I had some tracks on the air. The audience was about 1200 people. Some of the audience started singing along with one of the songs that had been on the radio. THAT was cool. But I also played a tune I had on the air in New Zealand for an audience of 11,000. And that was pretty cool too.
4. Do you believe music can change the world or is just something to listen to? How much can music influence current events?
Answer: Music can make people think, and it can propel people who believe in the message to perhaps make choices in their lives for the better. It can go the other way too. We like to think music has a positive effect. But music is also about commiserating. And there’s a lot of that. It depends on the situation.
5. How has technology affected the music industry? How has technology affected your career as a musician?
Answer: Well the digital era is responsible for the temporary downfall of the recording industry conglomerates. The monster. The machine. But it’s already finding a way to rear it’s split personality head again. Yay. Can’t wait. Probably hook up with Wal-Mart or something. Yeah. That’d be about right. The internet has been very good for my career in terms of immediate access to my music. bio, and press kit. I booked a tour through my website. Sales too. I get a mystery check every quarter for my digital sales.
6. Now for my Barbara Walters question: If you were a pair of shoes what type of shoes would you be?
Answer: High-heeled red satin sneakers.