How would you define your music style?
The band’s style is a retro rock/blues mixed with a modern indie/rock style.
We hear that you first started solo. How did you meet your other band players?
The first album, All My Secrets, was recorded solo out in Los Angeles. I came back home and was getting booked without a Chicago band. So Rob Christie (who produced the first album) and I put an ad for auditions in Craigslist, and the rest is history. Patrick Dugan, our guitarist, is the only original member from those auditions. We have gone through a couple more Craigslist auditions where we found Mervin Dimailig, our drummer. Justin Prentice had filled in for us as a keyboard player, but then joined as our bass player when the one before him moved away.
What advice would you have given yourself and your band at the start of your musical career?
There is so much advice you can give yourself in retrospect, but you need to go through all the ups and downs to find the right musical path. Having said that, I would have said to not take any and all gigs, but to make sure you take yourself seriously so that others do too. I would also say take more time to write instead of worrying about how many people will be at each show. Lastly, don’t worry about where everyone else is in their career because we all have our own journey.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Janis Joplin. An obvious choice for me.
What is the most memorable moment from your career?
One of our favorite musical moments was when we won the Live Nation Battle of the Bands back in 2012. There were a bunch of different prizes, but it was the first time we played House of Blues Chicago. There were so many people to support our win at that concert and so much excitement that went along with the whole day.
How would you describe your music in 80 characters?
The music has a retro Janis Joplin/Jimi Hendrix vibe mixed with a modern feel of someone like The Black Keys. Our style and songs are pulled from a mix but not limited to the genres of classic rock, blues, R&B, pop, and indie rock.
CDs or vinyl?
Laptop or tablet?
Victor Hugo or Charles Dickens?
Batman or Ironman?
Deep-dish pizza or Chicago-style Hot Dog?
Deep Dish Pizza (vegetarian).
Andy Warhol or Vincent van Gogh?
Vincent van Gogh.
Interview by Carolina Antunes