Sweet Dreaming 3:370:00 / 3:37
“Magic happens when there is motivation that truly comes from the heart. ADHD Lullaby™ is magic — created by a dad who struggled nightly to get his ADHD son to sleep. The science and thought process behind this album is one of the most unique, natural, and cost-effective solutions to battling sleep struggles in children with ADHD. It is one of the best ADHD products I’ve come acrsoss in my professional career. ADHD Lullaby™ will change millions of lives.”
What first got you into music?
I got into music big time as a kid. I was eleven years old in 1988 and I would come home from summer school and watch MTV for hours and hours waiting for Sweet Child O'Mine to come on again. At 12 my Dad took me to see Eric Clapton at the LA Forum; we had like 10th row tickets, it was amazing ...George Harrison did the encore with him. Then when I was like 13 mail order CDs became a huge thing and I built up this massive CD collection. I've been huge into music ever since.
At one point I asked my Dad if I could learn to play the guitar. He got out his old nylon acoustic and handed me a pitch pipe and a guitar book and told me to go teach myself. I didn't want anything to do with the acoustic, I wanted an electric, so I didn't learn to play as a kid. The possibilities of what would've been.....
Who inspired you to make music?
My son. My entire first album ADHD Lullaby was recorded specifically to help kids with ADHD get to sleep. Until I developed that recording method and created ADHD Lullaby it would take hours to get him to go to sleep. Now the recording method has been patented and other albums are in the works.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I don't typically classify it was music but rather as functional sound. It is recorded to solve a problem (ie. sleep or relaxation). It isn't recorded as entertainment and as such I consider it functional sound rather than music.
That said I combine elements of jazz, blues, and electronic music into my songs and albums.
What is your creative process like?
I start with goals in mind. Let's suppose I want to create a sleep album.... I will know the heart rate I am targeting in the listener and the brain wave frequency I want the listener to assimilate to. That sets the over all mood of the song. From there I create a progression of musical keys based on a number of factors which are patent pending. The chord progressions of each song on an album is also part of the 'secret' sauce too. From there it's a matter of finding the right feel for the song to with the flow of the album. I might create the framework of 15-20 songs before I find the right framework for any one song. It's a process based on science and art -- it is very unique to me and what I do musically.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
There's a few. I would like to collaborate with Brian Eno. He essentially created the ambient genre which I fit into; he has inspired a big part of my sound.
I'd also love to have John Mayer play the guitar parts on an album. That would be amazing. I don't know if he could do it though. He is such an amazing player I don't know if he could purposefully play out of time. Playing guitar out of time and without creating riffs or motifs is really hard to do -- to be purely random is hard for most guitarists, to make it sound good is even harder. I bet he could do it though.
I'd also love to collaborate with Joel Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5). He was a big inspiration to me in recording. I watched his Masterclass about 10 times while I was recording ADHD Lullaby to learn anything I could about music production. He is talented and I think he'd totally get a kick out of what I am doing for kids with ADHD.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Trick question. I don't play live shows. That said I am really tempted to start airing live shows on YouTube as a "go to sleep" concert of sorts. I am not sure this would get people to watch but I think it'd be fun to try once.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Love your kids unconditionally. Do whatever it takes to be a good parent.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I can mimic aircraft noises. Think beatboxing but not... just aircraft sounds. As a kid I would draw airplanes for hours and I would mimic their sounds while I drew. Even today I can hear a sound an airplane makes (ie. engine noise) and mimic it almost perfectly.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Only if I am the only person home. I'll sing whatever song is playing. I have the voice of a constipated donkey so I only sing when people can't hear me. I think I sound great but when I hear myself sing I am reminded it's really not something I should do.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I don't have a music career per se. My full time job is that of a Deputy Sheriff and I also own an Insurance Agency. I produce music out of love. It doesn't make enough money to support my family.
Where have you performed? Do you have any upcoming shows?
I haven't. I am not a performing artist. Again, I might do an internet concert of sorts in the near future. I've got to get better at live looping first.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It's allowed independent artists and music producers like me to be able to release music on a global scale. Without Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc. I would not be able to release music without the backing of a major record label. The internet has made access to music incredibly easy but also given the unknown independent artist a chance. I have discovered so many new artists I am absolutely in love with that nobody has heard of. It's also given these independent artists a chance to make some money.
What is your favorite song to perform?
If I play for people, usually friends and family, I do a live instrumental of Hey Jude which people love. I'm tempted to record it.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Paul McCartney because he's a musical stud. John Mayer because he seems like a real person, albeit insanely famous, and because we're the same age. Brian Aubert from Silversun Pickups -- I am a huge SSPU fan and if you told me I had to pick guitar hero it'd be Brian Aubert.
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
No comment. I disclosed all my childhood shenanigans to the Sheriff's Office when I became a Deputy.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
"Never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you."
Actually, I don't have one piece of advice. But it usually involves me asking my father his opinion. He's a really smart guy with great business sense and a tough negotiator.
Outside of that I am who I am and I go out of my way to be honest, sometimes brutally.
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
I am a neophyte in the industry. I'll let you know in 5-10 years.
What has been your greatest musical accomplishment so far?
Making a record with no experience to speak of and having it become a Top 10 Album on The Billboard Charts in the New Age Category. It solidified my desire to use the music I created for my son to help him sleep into something bigger.
What’s next for you?
New album coming out. Stay tuned.