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“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.” - Dr. Edward Hallowell, MD M.ED
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 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.
I have been told I fit into the category of Post-Rock (whatever this is)!
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. My music is based on creating random, out of time, elements. 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.
Brian May from Queen because he seems like a real person and he's extremely smart. He has a degree is astrophysics; I think he has a Ph.D in fact. When it comes to my music I think he'd find it absolutely fascinating what I have created for the ADHD community based on neuroscience and music.
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?
This is a hard question. Most musical artists' goal is to not put their fans to sleep but that is my goal. If musicians had an after concert 'closer' I'd be a perfect fit I think.
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. I can also make my throat look like a frog.
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 for the ADHD community out of love. It doesn't make enough money yet to support my family to allow me to focus on creating music full time. One day maybe.
Where have you performed? Do you have any upcoming shows?
I have been playing live music weekly via my Lullaby Live Streams on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and now Twitch. I play every week on Tuesdays at 5pm PST and several other times during the week for my supporters on Patreon.
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?
Lately I have really been enjoying looping a 12 bar jazz/blues chord progression in the key of B Major on my Live Streams. I'll set up the chord progression and then layer guitar parts on top of it to create an ethereal and totally calming song while live streaming.
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 May from Queen because he's a real person and an astrophysicist (no joke). I think Brian May would really get a kick out of the science behind what I am creating. 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.