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I’m a songwriter and producer that started to perform because I wanted to personally share the songs I was writing. I grew up in Australia to an Indonesian mother who played guitar and Australian dad who taught me the power of words. They both introduced me to a great range of music from The Beatles and Beach Boys to Michael Jackson, Ray Charles and Hank Williams to name a few. Thanks to a cassette my dad brought home of a live Concert in Central Park, my brother and I were singing Simon & Garfunkel two part harmonies before we were teens. Paul Simon remains one of the few people I know I would be an awkward fool in front of if I ever met him.
In high school I started to get into rock, grunge, r&b and hip hop all at the same time. Guns n Roses (I may have had black stonewashed skinny jeans), Nirvana, Boyz 2 Men, Tupac etc. When I was 15, I started messing on the computer with MIDI programming and basic audio recording/layering and then started to record for other artists. Babyface was my biggest influence at that point. Cut to present day and I’m basically doing the exact same thing with better equipment, a more extensive range of influences (my modern day favorites include Butterfly Boucher, The Weepies, Jack Johnson, Jesse Baylin, Norah Jones, Greg Laswell), the knowledge of over a decade of trial and error, and the fact that I record myself too.
What I’m trying to do with music is a few things:
1. Make people feel good. I love when a song makes it feel like time slows down, even if it is sad, it makes me feel good. I’m on the eternal quest to write the song that touches that chord in everyone.
2. Breakdown a stereotype for young aspiring musicians. i.e. there is no direct link between trashing hotels and making good music.
3. The majority of my songs are love songs so you may assume I am simply trying to impress my wife (which is mostly correct) but there are a few songs where I share a few ideas I have on things like the environment, social behavior and peace. If I can inspire people to at least think or even talk about how to better aspects of each, I will feel too powerful and quit the music business but also be happy. I guess the love songs are also trying to encourage men and women to let your walls down and love with your whole heart. I think If you can tackle the world like that all your relationships, intimate or otherwise, will benefit.
I’m a husband and a father and being that reminds me to appreciate small things, care about the world around us and most of all, keep things fun. I created this blog based website to enable me to keep doing what I can’t help but do – share music as often as possible.