Where are you from? And where do you live?
I’m from New Hampshire, and while I’ve lived in different parts of New England, I’m currently back living in New Hampshire!
How long have you been playing the piano?
I’ve been playing since I was 6 years old – I started out taking piano lessons for a couple of years, and absolutely hated it! I stopped playing piano for many years until I picked it back up when I was a teenager.
Do you play other instruments as well?
Aside from the piano (which I consider my main instrument), I also play guitar and bass, cello, saxophone and trombone.
How long have you been making piano music?
I started writing music in early 2007, but this wasn’t specifically piano oriented music to start – I’ve bounced around a few semi-related genres over the years!
Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
I’m not exactly sure there was a specific moment I could pinpoint – the process of realizing I could complete songs myself from start to finish was somewhat of a gradual process with working to get better at it. I didn’t go to school for music, so most everything has been self -taught. If I had to choose however, it would be when I released my first ever album and discovering people actually wanted to listen and download it!
What song inspires you the most when you’re making music? Can you name just ONE song/composition?
Wow, that’s tough to pinpoint a specific song. I typically don’t listen much to music when I’m in the process of writing, but as far as inspiration goes, I would say “Losing You to You” by the band Hammock. That song has so many complex emotions tied up with it based on the time period of my life I first listened to it. Definitely one of my favorite songs of all time.
How long is your shortest song?
I believe my shortest song clocks in around 1:36 – although I also write music for sync, and sometimes I’ll need to create pieces that are 0:30 in length for advertisements.
What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
All of them! I think that it’s important to know and understand these “rules”, and then methodically learn how to break them. I believe it’s one of the most important ways to get better as a musician.
Anything else you want to share?
Throughout 2019, I’ll be semi-methodically releasing additional piano-based singles – keep an ear out!
The last question is asked by my 5 year old son:
Where do all your songs come from?
I wish I knew! I like to believe they come from the combination of every life experience I’ve had. They certainly don’t end up the way they started – my songs take many twists and turns until they’re shaped into the end result.
Thanks for all of this Brad! And good luck with your 2019 releases! I’m sure we all hear more from you soon!