XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Chris: Why yes!!! The debut album and music video are releasing 5/31/19, so that’s pretty cool.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Chris: The band is just me actually, I play all instruments, along with engineering and producing everything.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Chris: My parents are both very talented musicians, so it was just seemed to be pretty natural.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Chris: It’s a crazy story but in a nutshell. I paralyzed a vocal chord approx 10 years ago, completely lost the ability to sing/speak for 5+ years, and have worked relentlessly to get the voice back. I used that time to enhance my skills on all instruments, and learn how to engineer/produce. The culmination of all that time/work is the debut “If It’s War You Want” EP.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Chris: I think it’s very multi-layered from an instrumental perspective, but very poetic and raw lyrically.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Chris: The same thing we try to do every day… try to take over the world. But seriously, just try to get as many ears on the music as possible, and get on the road as an opener for some of my fave bands.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Chris: Both are fun, but there’s nothing like writing/producing new material.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Chris: I try to capture moments in time, and word paint as much as possible. I want the listener to relate, but also have visual slides running through their mind the entire time they are listening to the tracks.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Chris: Progressing, I work every day to be better than I was the day before.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Chris: I haven’t done much touring to this point, but hopefully that changes soon.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Chris: I honestly don’t want to write it down here lol.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Chris: They are. I think like anything else, it helps once you’ve had success, and the recent signing with Pavement, along with interest in the new album really has everyone on board.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Chris: Practice, a lot
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Chris: Loaded Gun and No Ashes Remain
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Chris: Johnny Craig and Brent Smith are the best live vocalists I’ve ever heard. I just want to sound as good as them.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Chris: Fire Follows, Flaw, Breaking Benjamin, and Shinedown
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Chris: Just overcoming all the adversity I had to deal with. I went through a season in which docs were telling me I’d never sing again, so to be where I am now is amazing.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Chris: I also run a land clearing company, check it out… Tree Beavers, so I moonlight as a lumberjack. For real lol
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Chris: Most of my performances thus far have been solo shows with a loop pedal, piano, and acoustic, but that will be changing soon.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Chris: I think it can be a trap for most bands. They get to a certain level and seem to get stuck in the loop. It can be beneficial if that’s all you want, but I just don’t think it’s the best use of your time unless you’re a cover band or something to that effect.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Chris: I have Tourette’s syndrome, so that’s interesting… but have learned to work around it with the music stuff.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Chris: Check out the album and music video release on 5/31/19!!!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Chris: Thanks for having me!