Tell us about your tour vehicle. Any notable breakdown stories?
There have been too many to recall. Rent A Car, Plane, Train, Rickshaw, Golf Cart, Donkey, Cab, Bicycle, Unicycle, Hippity Hop….
Taos, New Mexico…after an in studio at KTAO….my radio rep from the record company and I ….drove into a ditch in a snow storm. As if from a dream, two Native American men…appeared from the field and were able to get us out of the ditch…within minutes. It seemed almost super natural. To this day, i’m not even sure it really happened, but i’m sure it did.
How do you eat cheaply and/or healthy while on tour?
Try and go a little further into the towns than just off the highways. Helps support the locals too. Otherwise before tours i stock up on nuts from Whole Foods….
How many strings do you break in a typical year? How much does it cost to replace them?
I’d say 12 a year. I try and replace them before it gets to that. New strings every 4 shows.
Where do you rehearse?
I rehearsed in a Seattle rehearsal space that had the actual Stonehenge Set designs from Spinal Tap.
What was the title and a sample lyric from the first song that you wrote?
The moon looked like the half shut eye of a jackal.
Describe your first gig.
Cassopolis Michigan, Sidewalk Days….my lead singer wore a batting helmet from the Detroit Tigers. My guitar strap was made of twine..that i found in a drawer an hour before we were supposed to play. I didn’t have an actual guitar strap, so… I improvised.
What was your last day job? What was your favorite day job?
I worked at a record store after high school. Red Tower Records. I gave a cassette of my songs to Metal Church at an in store….which I find hilarious now…..My favorite job was my only other job….washing dishes….it was more of an isolated existence which I liked, no customer service.
How has your music-related income changed over the past 5-10 years? What do you expect it to look like 5-10 years from now?
It went from good to bad, then bad to good again. No coincidence that it directly relates to how hard I worked. Hard to say what it will look like in ten years….I hope with continued hard work, I won’t have to wash dishes again.
What one thing do you know now that you had wished you knew when you started your career in music?
Half measures yield nothing.