Hi Stephen and welcome back to BuzzMusic! Tell us what is liking growing us as a child prodigy. It's incredible that talent you developed from the young age of 3!
Thanks! Music has always been such an important part of my life. For me, it was always second nature and instinctive. I spent most of the days listening to records and playing along with them on the drums or guitar. I never took any lessons or anything, it was just something I picked up naturally. When I was about 7 or 8, my grandmother took me to get drum lessons for about a month or so, but the instructor and I mostly chatted about baseball since I could immediately repeat the snare rudiments he was showing me. He eventually told my grandmother he couldn’t take her money anymore
Given that you have performed in bands and helped create remixes, what was is like going out of your own?
I think everyone should have the experience of playing and touring with a band before venturing out on their own. There is certainly something to be said about being cramped in a filthy van with 4 other people for several weeks at a time. It builds character! Also, playing in bands has taught me how to collaborate well with other musicians. It can be very inspiring to have someone come at you with a different approach to one of your songs. When I was doing pop remixes, I had to meet the needs of the record label. So, it taught me how to work within the parameters of any given project. The goal of a remix, in my opinion, is to accentuate the original song, just with a different feel or flavor. I learned a lot about the structures of pop music, like how instruments and/or vocals are mixed and how a finished product comes together. It really laid the foundation for me as a producer.
What does "Fool's Gold", represent to you?
Fool’s Gold represents the beginning of my career as a solo artist. I’m continually amazed by how the song continues to spread. The follow-up, Blackjack has been doing very well which I am extremely grateful for.
Out of all the instruments you play which have been the hardest one to master and why? How did you overcome this?
I look at it as a constant work in progress. I still don’t think I’ve mastered anything yet. I am always striving to learn new things and challenge myself.
Thanks for being with us and we can't wait to see what the future holds for you. Do you have any plans to release an album? What's next for you as we enter 2020?
I plan on releasing an EP in 2020 which will have some nice surprises on it. I feel very good about where things are heading and I look forward to sharing more music next year.