Really, I'm a band Guy -
I have been since about 16 when my best friend Matt handed me his bass and briefly taught me “Christie Road” by Green Day so we could play along with the CD.
I went to College to learn music production, but the reason why I really went was to find other Artists that would start a band with me. So, I found them, we started a band called Crush Luther, and I promptly dropped out of college.
In Crush Luther we got to tour Canada 5 or 6 times; we got to play 3 times on Warped Tour; we got to make 2 records and release them internationally; we got to make 5 videos; and we got to watch a couple of those videos hit number 1 on Much More Music in Canada.
Crush Luther eventually folded after 9 years. We shut it down because we could see it wasn’t getting bigger. I had a huge vision but it was becoming obvious that it wasn't going to happen. At the time, I thought it was the fault of our team, or even bad luck, but really, I just didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t get the work-load, the necessary drive, the business, I was busy being a self-righteous, entitled Artist.
I moved into business. I started a record label called Daycare Records with a business partner and I started producing and managing Artists. I produced a really great record called “Wyatt” with The Danger Bees and I co-wrote, and produced songs with battle rap legend, Kid Twist.
Meanwhile, post-Crush Luther and mid-business ventures, I started a new band with the guys from Crush Luther and JD Fortune, who used to sing for INXS. JD fronted and I played bass, co-wrote, and produced. I put everything I had into that band for 9 months and then it imploded in perfect VH1: Behind The Music fashion. Classic.
The whole 9 months was documented and there’s a movie called Chasing Fortune that still plays on Super Channel that I will never watch. It was a weird time for me.
After Fortune, I officially had no band, no music project of my own, and I was gun-shy about going for it again. It’s tough to restart.
I had an idea about becoming a performance coach so I started showing up to my friends’ band practices. I asked every band I knew if I could come to their rehearsals and give them feedback about their performance. I just thought I knew enough after 1000 performances on stage to pinpoint some easy things to fix and I wanted to be around bands working because I missed it.
I was over-confident then. I’d ramble endlessly about passion and energy and precision and I’d be in my head thinking “what the hell am I on about?” But the bands always seemed to dig it. I was motivating them. Being a motivator might still be my best skill.
I scaled it and started running workshops through management companies and labels, and working privately with bands and artists in their rehearsals. I developed an intense performance workshop called Destroy The Stage from my decade-plus in bands and started to figure out how to really push Artists on stage to find energy and intensity in their performances. Now I work with Canada’s Music Incubator, The JUNO Master Class, and many of the Music Industry Associations across Canada.
But, I’m a band guy since 16. Music is a mosquito lamp for me. It will probably kill me but I don’t care. My current project is a pop duo with Chala called House Of Goobata and it feels like my best creative work ever. That’s really what I’m still after, the creative high. Everything else is in support of that dream.