"Comfort Never Made Anyone Brave...""
Thank you for being part of our zine. Tell us more about your beginnings in the industry!
Well I'm definitely still in the beginning of the beginning of the industry. I've been creating my own songs for almost 10 years now. Writing lyrics has always been something that came very naturally to me, I wrote my first song when I was 6 years old. When I first picked up guitar at 15 it all just came together. It just made sense to me that music is something that I can maybe be good at.
Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
I am currently located in Montreal Quebec, Canada. I first arrived here in February of this year. It feels like I'm from a lot of places, I've moved a lot over the years. Originally though, I am from Sarnia Ontario, Canada.
Goals for 2019 and beyond?
Well since 2019 is coming to an end, right now I am mostly focusing on grant writing. I am in the early stages of recording my second album, 'The Break', and once it is released I am hoping to promote it by touring across North America. Once that's all taken care of I'd like to begin recording my 3rd album by Fall of 2020, the material is almost ready. One step at a time though.
What have been the specific challenges in your career so far? What have been the greatest achievements so far?
Money haha, and life just blowing up in my face, and throwing all of its many challenges at me. I think my greatest achievement was FINALLY releasing my first album, 'Nude', earlier this year. It took me almost 4 years to finally have the support to get it finished and out there. I think there are much more simpler but even greater achievements though, it's the little things that count after all, like once I had someone come up to me in tears, thanking me, because my songs were so relatable. It's those moments of connection that make all of the frustration and self doubt worth pursuing music.
Where can our readers catch up with you out there soon?
Mmm it's hard to say. I haven't been playing as many shows since moving to Montreal. I'm mostly focused on writing and recording. Once my next album is out, you can keep updated on social media, and my website.
Please answer the following: "If my fans really knew me, they would know that... "
I'm a lot more upbeat than my music is. I'm a very bold and energetic person, but I also really need a lot of time to hide, and ponder. I contradict myself a lot. Most people think I'm an extreme extrovert, but it's only because I put a lot of passion into everything I do, sometimes unintentionally. I love people and connection, but my solitude is pure bliss
Who are your top inspirations?
My older brother, 'Scott Hardware', Angel Olsen (she's a f*cking goddess), and Tom Robbins, he is my favourite author in the whole wide world.
Having accomplished so much in your career, are there more dreams you hope to conquer?
I don't really think I've accomplished anything significant yet, to be honest. My main dream is to tour. That's all I want to do is to travel and play music. That's when I am most happy, either when I'm on the road, or when I'm singing and strumming my guitar. I don't care if I'm living out of a van, eating nothing but sunflower seeds, I just want to play music and travel, and hopefully meet some lovely people along the way. If I could tour Europe, or South America, I would be SO happy.
Any words of wisdom for your fans out there?
I think the only way to truly be happy and free is to have choice. Life is really short, and hectic, and if you're not living your life by your own means, then what's the point? Why bother living to people please, if it's going to make you miserable? It's not easy, there are so many different circumstances that can limit us. For me, I dropped out of school to focus on music, and I've been broke as hell the whole time. I could have a really nice job right now in public relations had I stuck with school, but instead I'm living in a constant state of uncomfortable unpredictability. Comfort never made anyone brave though. I can't complain, I have no regrets, I am doing what I love and I've never been happier in my whole life.