Check out the new song from Scratch – Can’t Let You In
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I was born in Raised in Ohio. I live right outside the small town of Magnolia. I’ve always had a profound interest in music and self expression, and listening to bands like Linkin Park, Skillet, and Anberlin made me realize that music was a valid option for my future. I picked up a guitar freshman year and evolved with it as I matured. My interests shifted, and my understanding of the world became elevated. I found myself dreaming of being back in time to a place where having true chivalry and class was respected. My music followed my mind and I was left with “Victorian Hip-Hop” which combines the classical instrumentation with modern day synth, beats, guitars, and my personal spirituality. The lyrics are a mix of raw emotion and occult philosophy.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
I was raised in the Nazarene Church and always had a strong interest in theology, philosophy, and the unknown. That was something that church couldn’t fill. While experimenting with music on the side,I made a complete circle in religion and delved deep into the paranormal and occult side of life, and began creating my own beliefs and theology. This song reflects my overwhelming interest in that side of life. The things people don’t believe or choose not to partake in. It’s classical, has hip-hop, but my rock roots still show through. Until my 2nd CD is done, this is the best example I have of my victorian hip-hop.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
I think the hardest challenge so far is getting people to understand what I’m all about. People are so quick to label based on one lyric or your image, they write you off as a gimmick. They see a guy in aristocratic clothing with sterling silver fangs and are either drawn in completely or totally uninterested. It’s a lot of work to get people to pay attention to WHO you are.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I guess it was more of an emotional setback than anything. I put more than a grand into my debut concert which I made as local as possible so the people who said they supported wouldn’t have a reason not to be there. The night didn’t go anywhere near planned and when I left I had the same fans as I came with. I guess as an artist you always dream big and hope realistically. But I realized that the people who were there were the people who were going to stick around. That gave me the confidence to stand up and make more music that’s 10 times better than the music I already had.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Losing who they were when they started. Don’t lose yourself. Don’t lose why you got into music. Don’t let someone tell you who you are or what you’re all about. You define yourself. Be who you are. Be genuine. And don’t be afraid to show your true colors.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Keep pressing on. Eventually you’ll hook something big and you’ll realize the struggle was more than worth it.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I like to put my fangs in and go downtown and walk around. Sometimes people ask me about them and other times I start the conversation. To me, nothing’s better than walking right up to someone and watching them become your fan. Word of mouth is such a powerful tool.