We want to get to know more about the heart of the art! What has been your craziest experience when creating your album?
Oh wow… There have been a few. This album “Fly Around” had a very disjunct path to its birth. One of the craziest experiences was the fact that people were actually willing to work with me to finish this thing. Over the seven year production path, I pushed the people closest to me very far away. I was going to extreme levels of self-centered behavior. I went on an errand to pick up a prescription once for one of the team members, and I ended up taking their medication on the way back to the studio.
This was very selfish because this person needed their medication, and I had stolen and abused it. I showed up to the studio and sang my parts, which you can hear me slurring. Whenever I hear the vocals for certain tracks, I have gratitude for being a different person today. I got to hear who I was in some of my darkest moments, and my team still stood by me. I am happy to be able to thank my team members daily now. A recording is a snapshot in time. Luckily this snapshot provides me with lots of images to help me continue to do the next right thing.
Another crazy thing that happened was Don Bolles (The Germs) gave Harry Selick a “Germs Burn” with a cigarette.
What is a Germs Burn you may ask? Here: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Germs%20burn
Does an experience like that push you to really love the art form or can it be challenging at times?
Art is what kept me holding on to this world. The music is what gave me inspiration to keep going. It created purpose and meaning. I needed to dive down deep into the depths so that I could bring up the wealth to share.
How do you know when your heart is really in something?
I can feel it in the center of my being. As long as I’m breathing deep I can relax into my body and listen to what is going on. I have learned to be present and listen to what my body and mind are telling me. I believe in a deep body-mind connection, and therefore I have learned to use my breath to guide me further on the path of happy destiny.
How do you know when it is time to take a breather?
I just say HALT and I work to ensure that I never get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.
Is there advice you can give to the artist that is having trouble differentiating the two?
Yes. Just do ONE thing at a time. And do your best. If you give your best, you can rest assured. Also, your best will vary from day to day. For example if I have a cold today, my best will be at a different level than yesterday, but it will still be my best.
The key is focusing on the task at hand. The only way out is through, and as long as we focus on the process and enjoy it, the result is guaranteed. The paradox is that as soon as we focus on the outcome, we lose sight of the process. So remember to focus on the process, and you will be the result.
Do you see yourself as a mentor?
Yes! To myself. I have learned to lead myself.
Do you mentor anyone currently?
All the people who mentor me, my students, and my teachers. We are all part of the same person, we all have fragments of each other inside of us and therefore when I mentor myself, I mentor anyone who is able to see me.
Does this crazy music ride just make your journey that much more enjoyable?
Yes it sure does. It is the reason to enjoy : )
Where can we rock out to your music?
Rock out on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2Ljo9zBf5ot9mZH6kpCcl0
or FB/IG/TikTok/YouTube/Twitch/Twitter are ALL@watertowerband
We have a tour coming up in August! dates are www.watertowerband.com/shows
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