Sin City Presents Magazine February 2017 Volume 4 Issue 2 - Page 36

The scene is tough. It takes knowing people, luck and timing. People think they can just decide one day to be a musician and expect things to happen fast for them. It takes a ton of hard work and dedication. You have to play covers if you want to work a lot (it's a tourist town) and you have to know hundreds of songs to even be chosen or considered for gigs. It's really hard to just start a band and think you're gonna get a ton of work. It just doesn't happen that way. There are a lot of great venues and rooms to play that mostly require an agent. I've been really lucky & have the best agents working with BST. I'm grateful for them. They keep me busy.

Now for a little bit about what drives you…. Do you aim for the never-ending pursuit of perfection or is it better to strive for completion?

I'm not a perfectionist but it's gotta be good. Completion is more important to me, feeling like I've reached & achieved goals and then placing new ones in front of me.

Are you able to be the musician you want to be or do you find that you have to spend a lot of time wrapped up in the business of your music; booking gigs, coordinating rehearsals and other administrative tasks?

Yes, I'm happy where I am at. I feel fortunate to be able to make a living doing what I love. I'm super lucky that the guys I work with do not need to rehearse. We learn up new songs on our own then try them at sound check. Most times they work! The booking agents do their thing extremely well so we do not have to contend with any of that.

What are some of your musical goals? Who or what stands between you and your dream goal (s)?

Having a successful original album is a goal of mine. I think technology stands somewhat in the way of that. The record industry has changed so much and also the buying market. I have faith in the Thunder & Roxx album. We're shopping it for radio & soundtracks etc. We'll see.

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SIN CITY PRESENTS MAGAZINE | FEBRUARY 2017