If careers are in fact made by blazing trails, can you take us down an abbreviated version of yours? In other words, how did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in the south between Alabama and North Carolina. I made it to LA in 2001, started to focus on music and drawing and now, I draw more than I make music.
Do you work to live, live to work or a combination of the two?
If I’m out all day with friends, at the beach, backyard or park, having food or hanging out, most of the time I’m also parsing ideas about problems that I’m working out in the studio.
It’s definitely a balance. You have to go into the world to create new ideas – it’s not only your thoughts that matter.
What about your work brings you the most pleasure?
Just thinking. Standing in the middle of my room concentrating on the best possible answer to a problem that, for all intents and purposes has no validity outside of my head.
It’ll be a great idea – I might even start talking to myself, maybe even do a little dance – but the only application for it is how I perceive and create my work and possibly, how I see other people’s work. But those brief, solitary moments of comprehension are what I really enjoy.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done, work-wise?
I don’t know about hard, but I find it tough to push things out into the world sometimes. I’ll work on an idea for weeks, not show anyone, spend all this time figuring it out, and I’ll be really excited about it.
Then, some weird thing pops in my head and I decide to not show it. I’ll just hold the idea back for a bit until finally, the idea just feels old and it ends up in a box in a room. It ain’t hard but it’s not always easy to trust yourself.