Hi JD. How did you first get into the music industry and when did you started performing?
I first got into the music industry back in 05', I was signed to Oak Records by legendary producer Ray Ruff. Ray was an amazing man when I first met him I felt like I had known him for years. We had a lot in common. Ray's first song he produced was "Yellow polka dot bikini" , he went on to work with artists like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams Jr., Dwight Yoakam, George Straight and was the Vice President of Motown Records at one time. Unfortunately Ray passed away only two weeks before the release of my first album and that was my rocky entrance into the music industry, hahahah! Believe me its been all up hill since, hahaha! I started performing when I was three years old in church and I was a tag along with my dad who played lot of the honky tonks throughout Bakersfield, CA. I learned to play the drums & guitar at five and played all throughout my childhood, teens and early adult life. But never took it serious until I meet Ray Ruff. He liked my sound and he's responsible for starting me down this path.
Who were some of your musical inspirations, growing up?
Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Hank Jr, Waylon & Willie, Dwight Yoakam, George Straight ya know, all the standard country music artists, even all the way back to Hank Williams and everything in between and all the way to 50's & 60's rock. Guns & Roses "Appetite for Destruction" is still today one of my all time favorite rock CD's. But I have many ya know like, everything Southern Rock to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Sound Garden, Georgia Satellites, just to mention a few and then there's also my influences in Motown, Bruno Mars, Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin! I have an appreciation of all good music regardless of genre's. I think that being surrounded by music from such an early age gave me an appreciation for it all.
Tell us about your new song and how you came up with the concept behind it
Ride On is a bad ass driving melody with high energy!!! HAHA! As a huge fan of Professional Bull Riding, I wrote this song about the Bull Riders. This song is very familiar to bull riders because its really just their life in a song. But also to the listener who's not a bull rider it's metaphorical- because everyone has that "BULL" in their life that's trying to buck them off their dream, ya know?! You gotta hear it to appreciate it..
Who is an artist of past or present, that you would most love to collaborate with and why?
From the past it would be Merle Haggard. I grew up in Bakersfield home of Merle Haggard & Buck Owens, so I have a lot in common with Merle in regards to our country roots. I know that we could come up with something that would be traditional Bakersfield Country, that would be a dream come true. Present artist I would like to collaborate with I think would be Kid Rock. He's got that Country Rock thing goin' on and so do I, haha! I know that we could make a bad ass record just based on our styles and experiences.....
What are you currently working on?
A lot!! HAHAA! I've got a new hot shot quarterback I'm work'n with now, Jeff Robert from CSG Music and we're in the middle of rebranding my outfit. I'm finalizing a new logo that's going to be rockin', I've had the opportunity to work with the highly credentialed mixer, Mark Ettel, we have several leasing opportunities we're working on for the single "Ride On" and all the little details that go into releasing a new single. So.... Yeah! I've got a lot going on...
What are your plans for the future with your music career?
I'm ready to take the bull by the horns and go as far as I can go with it, ya know.... I mean, I've been at it for a long time now and this time it just feels right! I work hard and play hard so.... yeah! I'm going to bust my ass to get this single broke and get this thing done. Everybody I'm working with too is just as excited as I am and there's just a good positive energy buzzing around this project. So..... GET READY! HAHA!
What would your advice be to aspiring artists?
Don't ever give up! You've got that dream in your heart for a reason! Stick to your guns and be yourself. You were born an original so don't go out a copy!!! NO ONE LIKES A COPY!!! When it seems like you're going through hell just keep on moving and ya might get out before the devil even knows you're there, hahaha! Good Luck and hope to see ya out on the road......