For guitar, that’s probably the pick. With many other skills, however, you can start with a simple pick. When I started, it was like, Whoa, that’s a beautiful pick… but once you’ve gotten the hang of it, I think it’s actually very easy to master.
The other thing I’ve found is that, when I start out, I want to just go ahead and have fun. When I was in college, that’s all I wanted: to get a good job, just to be happy… but now I get so much satisfaction and fulfillment out of music.
Are there any bands or individuals that you still look to?
I think that for this band, we’ve been really fortunate to get a great group of people. I’ve been around a lot of musicians who go along to these festivals and have fun, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen their faces go red when they’re performing as a group, and they’re not doing a single note, but they’re playing a whole song. A lot of that stuff I think is kind of amazing, and we all look at that stuff and say, “Great. That’s what people do… it’s amazing.”
“We need people in the band who are willing to take the next step. They’ve gotta do it.”
What’s the hardest challenge/challenge you have on your plate?
As the group grew, the one of the most difficult things was trying to balance the musical creativity of the bass players with the songwriting ideas of myself and Chris. Because we are not just bass players, but also songwriters. I am trying to write, but I don’t know how long I’m gonna get to write because of all the other instruments. As a group, because we write a lot of great melodies. It’s kind of hard to just balance. I always tell people to try to write down something, even if you’re not trying to write songs that will get used in the band, write something down so at least you can find it and bring it back in for a second play of a vocal or some kind of a drum pattern.
If you had to do it over again, would you have used something from your childhood to help you prepare for a band?
Oh man. I don’t know if it would have been a guitar. For one thing, I had already played in a marching band and a marching band band and there