What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and what were some of your earliest musical influences?
Playing music was always a big part of my life, but it was never my “main focus” until after attending university. While at school I started to organize open mics, and I found myself playing gigs every weekend. These were mainly cover bar gigs, but I really enjoyed them and people always showed up. I started a band with my girlfriend at the time and a few friends, and we started to pick up some steam. After that relationship ended, I graduated from school and was jobless, so I started writing more and recorded some songs. I’ve been touring ever since!
My earliest influences were classic rock bands like Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, which I discovered in my step-dad’s record collection. What really got me interested in music was when I discovered alternative folk and rock. I became obsessed with Modest Mouse when I was in grade seven. I remember downloading their discography on Limewire and that was all I listened to. Most of my friends really didn’t like them and they would make fun of me for it.
Do you remember the first album you bought that set you on your journey?
When I was fourteen, I flew from Toronto to Halifax to visit my sister at university. When I landed in Halifax, my mom drove me to HMV in Dartmouth and I picked up two CDs — Arcade Fire’s “The Funeral” and Modest Mouse’s “The Moon and Antarctica”. It was all we listened to in the car and my Mom hated it. I still feel really connected to those albums and get a weird nostalgic feeling anytime I hear any of the songs. They weren’t my first CDs, but definitely the most memorable and influential.