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What type of “artist” do you consider yourself?
*Laff* I don’t really consider myself an artist. I just love singing the songs I write, and I love singing and playing with people who enjoy it as much as I do.
How long have you been actively pursuing this art?
As long as I can remember. When I was five I used to pretend I was Christine McVie (of Fleetwood Mac) and sing into the vacumn cleaner.
What does it mean to you?
Everything. Life and death.
What was it that turned you on to the arts?
When I was very young my mother cleaned houses to make a living. I distinctly remember hearing Fleetwood Mac’s RUMOURS album…in fact, most of my early memories coincide with a song. My mom and dad both sang a lot when I was young…so I guess music seeped into my veins right from the beginning.
What is your opinion of the artistic community in the bay area?
It’s borderline horrible. Things have gotten into this horrible cycle. Us performers are discouraged by unreceptive audiences, so we aren’t putting all of ourselves into our performances. But on the flipside, the reason the audience isn’t being receptive is because the artist isn’t putting out.
Another draw back is our blatant lack of a coffeehouse scene, which may be attributed to our hot weather. Up north, where I am from, art and music thrived in independent coffeehouses.
Where do you see the artistic community going in the next 5-10 years?
Now that really depends. Those of us who have tasted a bit of local success must be cautious we don’t get egos and rest on our laurels. It’s very easy to get comfortable with a small degree of success, but when that happens you stagnate as a person. And once a scene is full of stagnant people, it dies.
Who knows who could show up here. Maybe someone amazing. There ARE amazing people here in Tampa.
What would you like to see happen in the artistic community?
Something genuine. I want to see people give a shit.
Where can you be seen performing in the area?
I don’t like to perform much anymore…I favor house shows because when people talk I can whoop ass! I have done an open mic here and there…
What spots have been the most open and welcoming to you and your art?
I did a performance art show at the Silver Meteor, which is a very very underrated space. I have also done two live shows at the Orpheum, which really is a great place to play. The audience there was great, even if it was largely made up of people I know.
Where do you find your inspiration?
In my life. In the things I don’t talk about with people.
Big thank you to Jeremy!