Ignorance & Innoconce
Philadelphia Pa- So where do I start? The one thing I do know is that I have started and I am neck deep into an abyss that counteracts your struggle worse than quicksand. The farther you delve, the more you have to lose. When I look back to where I actually started, I had nothing to lose and planned on gaining just that...nothing. A college freshman, alone, 3000 miles from home, listening to Zaremba strumming a tune when finally I mutter "I know the words to that". Stated in a matter-of-fact tone yet implying I wanted to join in, that's when I took my first step. Little did I know that the smallest step would embark me on the largest journey. I never much cared for people who wrote about themselves in the third person. Putting up a façade by presenting themselves as someone who is widely talked about. It strikes me as arrogant without justification. In this business you have to be a little arrogant though. Pompous enough to keep you going after playing a show to a room with 3 people. I learned this like anyone else...the hard way. I played in a college band called "Trifecta". Acoustic rock, cover tunes mostly, and we were the only gig on campus. Some nights we were gods, playing to a packed house of friends and fans. Other nights, the party didn't come with us, if you know what I mean. That is the time when you find out if you are a musician. That is when the poison seeps into your veins and you are addicted for life. When the party is over and you are looking for your next fix. I am a junkie. Imagine telling that to your parents when they expect you to come home after college. I needed more, I wanted something tangible, something real that would come to life and make people feel the way I felt when I sang my songs. The career choice was set and my feet were moving. I started the band "Scarred Rose". A silly little name that packed a big punch. Fueled by the Black Crows, Guns N' Roses and Jane's Addiction, we played as much as possible and anywhere that would have us. The excitement was growing and things were starting to happen. We all believed that this was the most beautiful sound we had ever heard. We hooked up with a local radio station, y100, which played our EP. We packed Philly bars and played with some great bands that went on to play national tours. The wheels were spinning and we were gaining momentum when it hit me...I had gone far enough to actually have something to lose. And we did; lose it I mean. Our drummer left the band and even after replacing him we were like a paper airplane, no matter how hard you throw it, it's going to come down. So where do I start? The beginning is usually the best place. Find the essence of your desire and fall in love all over again. That's what I did. Having the courage to stand up and say "I know the words to that", is what brought me to this life. So I went into the studio and recorded "Ignorance and Innocence". An acoustic album of some old and new songs that have never made me more proud to be a musician. No frills and no fills, this album brings to life that first chill you get from hearing your favorite song live and unplugged. I am currently playing this album live and loving every minute of it's sincerity and the way it communicates with the audience. As every passing day goes by and more and more people are being turned on to my music, I find that I am starting to like having my original fear become a fast approaching reality. I don't really mind having so much to lose.