The music that I started with my grandparents and parents – listening to their music on the radio – Elvis Presley, Bread, America, Jim Croce.
2.0 – When did you decide to make a real go of it as a musician and what was your initial game plan if any back then?
In the beginning, when I was 15 years old, I started playing the drums because my father was a professional drummer and I had every instrument in my house. I loved experimenting with all the different instruments. 27 years ago, I played in 2 really awesome cover bands – Hung Jury and The Crave. And I really mastered my craft by playing other people’s music and thought it was time for me to write my own music, where I could say what I wanted to say and be what I wanted to be. And I am so thankful for the free lessons.
3.0 – How many records have you put out as COLD STATIC and how do you feel the band & music evolved?
3 studio CDs and 1 live CD as Cold Static. It evolved from me writing my own life story and saying anything I want to say. And being myself and choosing my life for free.
4.0 – If you had to describe the band as a combination of main influences, who would they be?
I have absolutely never been influenced by anybody but, ut, I can tell you right now, my favorite bands today are: Godsmack, Disturbed, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Stone Sour, and Hell Yeah. And you will see a taste of all of those bands on the next CD that I am working on right now.
5.0 – How is the new record coming along and what can you tell us about it?
As I answered the last question, it’s gonna be a taste of the bands that I love, with a super twist of Cold Static.
6.0 – Do you put more pressure on yourself as a songwriter today than you did starting out, or is it easier now?
I am absolutely my worst critic. And my best song is gonna be the next one I write.
7.0 – How have you maintained an edge living ‘out of the way’ as it were on remote Anna Maria Island in Florida?
Because Anna Maria Island is my home, where I can be me. And my friends love me, but I love my fans too.
8.0 – Of all the COLD STATIC tracks you have released, which one has garnered the most attention, was it the song you expected?
“Bin Laden, We Will Get You” definitely has a place in my heart. Because we are Americans, and if you support terrorism, we will find you and you will pay. I never expected that song to have so much impact.
9.0 – How important is who you tour with, which was your favorite experience so far?
I love every single band I have toured with. Hands down, if you are playing music, I will be there to listen. Oh my God, that is a really hard question…..but, if I have to answer that, I love my hometown band, Neurotica, with lead singer, Kelly Sheaffer.
10.0 – You noted recently that bands “have to have the full package or forget it”….any practical advice for young artists with early signs of promise?
Yes, I believe you must have that total package – musicianship, looks, theatrics and performance – which all make for a great show. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have a hot girl on your side.