Laying Down Our LivesWhat sometimes holds you back from laying down your life for others?
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The interview with Jr.
Q.What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
Well...when it comes to my genre, it's evolved into what we've all been waiting for. It took a while for the cream to rise to the top because many thought it wasn't possible...that's about to change.
Q. What aspect of making music gets you the most discouraged?
The times that we're living in are unlike any other in history. Music is a window to the soul and our world is getting darker and darker every day...too many artists are taking advantage of that right now. Instead of being responsible creatively, they're using their talents to promote the disintegration of the family and of society itself.
Q. What are you up to right now, music-wise? (Current or upcoming recordings, tours, extravaganzas, experiments, top-secret projects, etc).
I've got a project underway right now due out in early September. What I'm really looking to do is collaborate with others of like passion who have a burning desire to make a positive difference...but I'll go it alone if I have to...
Q. What's the most unusual place you've ever played a show or made a recording? How did the qualities of that place affect the show/recording?
I usually do most of my creating outside the studio...in the van, at the park, on my way to work, at lunchbreak...I like how KJ-52 (5-tweezy) says it in one of his tracks..."I'll grab a napkin if it's all I got ta write on...hittin' ya so hard ya feel it in yer protons"...or somethin' like that. I haven't taken it on the road yet. As far as recording goes...you need to be in a professional studio with a quality sound engineer that understands what you're trying to do to really make it happen.
Q. In what ways does the place where you live (or places where you have lived), affect the music you create, or your taste in music?
Probably in every way. Your style is heavily influenced by how and where you grew up, you can't escape that part...
Q. When was the last time you wrote a song? What can you tell us about it?
We vacationed in the smokeys not too long ago with my brother'in law, his wife and all of our kids...it was needed trust me, anyway I couldn't get the fans out o' my mind (even though I was supposed to) and ended up writing a whole mess o'lyrics. I can't turn it off...I've got a lot to say, (lol).
Q. As you create more music, do you find yourself getting more or less interested in seeking out and listening to new music made by other people...and why do you think that is?
I have noticed that I listen to myself more than I do anybody else lately but I'm in the creation phase so I guess that's expected. Every time I listen to a track I try to imagine that it's the first time. You get a really good feel for your project after about a zillion times of hearing it, you want to present it in a way that is pleasing to the ear and leaves a good taste in their mouth when they walk away...this IS art after all.
Q. Lately what musical periods or styles do you find yourself most drawn to as a listener? (Old or new music? Music like yours or different from yours?)
I'm into the new music although growing up on the west cost as a teen during the eighties influenced my flavor. I've noticed my style's kinda wacked at times...but it is what it is ya know? As far as genre, it's got to be Christian. There's to much deception out there to be playin around...be yourself that's what I say...
Q. Name a band or musician, past or present, who you flat-out LOVE and think more people should be listening to. What's one of your all-time favorite recordings by this band/musician?
Casting Crowns has got to be my first choice...and it would have to be their song, "Praise you in the storms"
Q. What's the saddest song you've ever heard?
...John Micheal Montgomery/the Little Girl