‘Great Art is both surprising and inevitable’
– Elizabeth Gilbert
A little about me:
Someone once asked me what I thought passion was in its essence.
After a few seconds, I replied ‘passion is a love for something that is continually unfolding’.
Ever since I was a young boy I had a passion for music. It started with a love of listening to music and then, in my teens, turned into a love of making music.
For me music is a kind of magic. It is the universal language of the world as it speaks in feeling. It doesn’t matter who you are or what language you speak, a song has the power to change your mood, inspire you, conjure memories and help you find healing.
Since I was little I remember hearing songs and hailing their creators as magicians, not being able to comprehend how they could possibly come up with such beautiful art. Songwriting for me has always been the holy grail of self expression. To be able to take life experiences and share them in a way that gives other people the licence to feel their own, is nothing short of inspiring. As well as having the opportunity to access the heart of someone that you have never met before, from the other side of the world and move them, sometimes even literally.
My journey with music has not always been an easy one. It started with me as a child, running away from my guitar teacher so often that he actually stopped coming. Only to pick up a guitar of my own accord again, at the age of 17, and find myself falling in love with it. For the last couple of decades, that relationship has had its ups and downs. Times of deep frustration and others of pure joy.
I remember watching musicians throughout my twenties and although I loved what they did, a part of me always died inside. Like the flames of my passion were being slowly doused in the realisation that I wasn’t fully pursuing my dream.
There are a few moments to me that mark turning points in my journey as a musician. One in particular was when I was sitting at home watching a documentary about an artist. As I sat there with my wife and sister-in-law I was overcome with an overwhelming sense of distress, so much so, that I literally burst into tears. It was in this moment that I realised I had found what I had been needing to set me on the right course. Something shifted inside and I made a decision to never again allow myself to be frustrated with music. I realised that my frustration was actually a burning desire and passion with nowhere to go.
I went straight to work and immediately channeled that energy into a source of fuel to hone my skills and find my voice.
Frustration has now become one of my biggest allies. It is the impetus which helps drive me forwards toward my dream. Frustration can be an incredibly positive energy if channelled in the right way. Ever since that moment I have never again been frustrated with music, just grateful to be doing what I love and have it as a tool of motivation in my arsenal.
When I sit down to write, I get into a kind of flow state. Seeing myself being able to communicate a story and share something meaningful to the world. As an artist, this is only one piece of the puzzle. What didn’t come naturally was the musicality and singing. I spent years sounding pretty awful before I started to sound better. Just following my heart, trusting that there must be a reason why I have this passion and allowing the process to unfold.
After much practice, when I find myself creating something new, it doesn’t seem to come from only my mind, but more as though it is an oscillation between thought, feeling and stillness. The answer comes by tapping into an energy bigger than myself. My job is to get out of the way and just let, what wants to be expressed, flow through me. It is for this reason that I find the process of songwriting a spiritual experience, as in a way, I am being more of a conduit for a message than anything else.
It wasn’t long ago that a distinction was made between music makers and music listeners. Since the beginning of our species, music has been a part of how we communicate and connect, and regardless of what side of the creative process you sit, every member of the community took part in expressing themselves through music. It is hardwired into our very being.
“I am incredibly excited to have stuck with my dream and get to the stage of sharing what I have created with you.”
“Waves Rush In is the culmination of years of passion, collaboration and growth. It is an extension of my purpose as a person, my musical fingerprint of sorts.”
“My wish is that my music lifts your spirits, helps you stay curious and inspires you to live with more courage, compassion and kindness. To yourself and the world around you… and I would be honoured for you to come on the rest of the journey with me.”