What are some of the musical activities and projects that you’ve been involved with recently?
Released my Solo EP “Northern Lights” a few months ago, however my “dayjob” as a sideman/session player have taken most of my latest focus. Just before the global lockdown I finished some dates with Jonathan Cain (Songwriter/Keys/Guitar for Journey), who I also did “Don’t Stop Believin Christmas Tour” with end of last year. Also recently opened “Music City Nights” on the General Jackson in Nashville, among many recording sessions for various artists, film score productions and gear demos.
What are the challenges that musicians face in today’s music scene and what do you do to meet those challenges?
I think something that’s been relevant lately, is the balance between online presence and “validation” amongst the live gigging scene. Each one is so different and requires a completely different skillset. To get asked to do live gigs/tours/sessions, one need to not only be excellent at networking, but also have a somewhat charming personality, that others would like to be around. To do the online thing, it’s important to learn recording, editing and developing an online persona that translates well through media whether its video, audio or both. Both aspects of the modern musician requires so much time spent and on the upkeep, making it extremely hard to balance the two. I usually go through phases where I create a lot of content, and at some point I fancy being out and socializing more. Luckily Nashville is a fairly small city, so I am able to keep my relationships around town to some degree, even when I’m not present.