Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be?
I would tell people to be aggressive in life. I see too many good and talented people that could have so much more, but they just sit around waiting for life and opportunities to fall in their lap. Instead of waiting for opportunities, create them. I hate seeing wasted talent.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t a musician what would you want to be doing?
I sort of fell into Eighteen Visions when I was 16 years old. Some friends were starting a metal band and needed a singer. It wasn’t anything I ever imagined doing, but it sounded fun and different. Fast forward over 20 years later and I’ve been fortunate enough to still have my hands in it. Life has changed for me and my career. I run my own business as a hair stylist which has offered me some great stability as well as the opportunity to still be creative and have an impact on people. It also allows me to put as much time as I want to put into doing Eighteen Visions.
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
In my career as a hair stylist I’m definitely inspired by some of the top educators and stylists in the industry as well as my fellow stylists in the salon I work at. When it comes to music, I’m inspired by whoever it is I’m working with. With Eighteen Visions, it’s what Keith and Trevor bring to the table that excites me and challenges me. When it comes to being inspired in my daily life, I would definitely say my wife inspires me the most. She supports me in my career in hair and my passion in music. My family gives me a different purpose to life.
Q4: What are the most memorable experiences of your career so far? And what have you learnt from them?
I’ve played some great gigs and made some really cool music over the years. Unfortunately, I’d say what really stains me are the heartbreaks. I feel like you learn a lot from the let-down. When it comes to music and being in a band, you’re only in control of so much. Really the creative side of things. There are so many different moving parts once an album has been finished that impact upon where the band goes from there. I’ve been fed a lot of empty promises and been let down more times than I can count. It makes me look at things differently and also makes me appreciate everything I have accomplished that much more.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your career so far? And if not, why?
The things I would change are the things we didn’t have control over. The moving parts that I just touched on. I sit and think sometimes “What if?”, but then I realise I wouldn’t be where I am right now and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
Q6: In the next two years what do you aspire to achieve?
I’m not getting any younger so I’d like to start having children. I’d like for my personal business to continue to grow and continue doing Eighteen Visions on this level where we can keep playing rad shows and putting out new music.
Q7: How much of your life and your background has influenced you to become a songwriter and musician?
I’d say a good portion of my life has influenced me as a songwriter. Life experiences have had a pretty large impact on my lyrical content.
Q8: Which lyrics mean the most to you and why; ones you have written or ones you didn’t write?
My favourite songs lyrically are actually from my time doing the Burn Halo album. Give Me a Sign and Threw It All Away stand out the most to me. I was going through a lot at the time so they’re pretty deep to me.
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
I’d love to work with Jerry Cantrell. Alice In Chains is one of my all-time favourite bands. I really enjoy his solo stuff too. I feel like we would complement each other’s styles really well. Of course, I’d take a full on melodic approach to all of the vocals.
Q10: Is there one most inspiring message you have heard in your life so far?
Live and let die.
Q11: Do you have a motto in life that do you live by?
Winter is coming!
Q12: Which other bands or artists are currently on your playlist?
Q13: If you could have one song to be the soundtrack to your life, what would it be and why?
Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve because life has its bitter and sweet moments and it’s a great fucking song.
Q14: What are your biggest dreams? And your biggest fears?
My biggest dreams are to just have a long happy life with a great family. My biggest fear would be not being able to support that family emotionally and financially.
Q15: What are your plans for the remainder of this year and next year?
We have a few gigs on the East Coast in December and some shows in California in February with Martyr AD. Nothing really set or planned after that, but I’m sure we’ll remain active.
Q16: What would your advice be to those who want to live out their dreams?
Be persistent and don’t give up. There will be hurdles and heartbreak, but keep pushing forward.
Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know, what are the best social media methods for people to follow you and your music?
@hartagram and @18v_official for Instagram.