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© Abbey Mercando for The Daily Reflector

Tell me about your relationship with music.

"That's exactly what it is, a relationship. Anyone that plays music would agree that you can't get rid of it, you're in love with it, and it gives back because it is in love with you too. Like any relationship, you're so in love and you fight sometimes. I've been playing guitar for about six years now and piano for almost two years. I've been playing live since I was 16. Most of my tattoos are a tribute to rock and roll and jazz, the classic stuff. I'm an old soul and I think people should really realize where the music they listen to now came from.

"My dad knows a lot of people in Hollywood, but I think I should earn my own way just like anyone else does. It's tempting sometimes, but I think if I'm meant to do it and be a big musician, I should make my own way, if I'm talented enough and I work hard enough."

What is the most difficult struggle you've endured?

"I think every musician goes through a fight with themselves. Sometimes you wake up and feel you're not worth it and there's no way you're going to be good enough. It's that relationship with music. Some days you wake up and it's so great and you're in love, and then some days you feel like you can't come up with anything and you're awful. That does keep me grounded and I remember where I came from and how far I've come."

How do you feel about the music scene here?

"I think we all know Greenville used to be super hip in the music scene and I think it's kind of dying out. Sometimes I feel like it's coming back. I have mixed emotions about it. I think one of those problems is because musicians aren't being treated like it's a career for us. Club owners think they don't need us, but we bring in the crowds. They don't appreciate music like they used to. I think it'll make a comeback though."

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

"It would be so easy to change the world for the better if we all stayed out of each other's business. I forget who said this originally, but 'the only reason you should get in your neighbor's business is if they need help.' I think that would fix half of problems in the world today."


Bless your heart
Bless your heart