How much of your income is derived from record sales & how much comes from touring/live gigs?
I would say record sales probably account for about %5 or less of my total income. Live gigs maybe more like %20. Most of my income as a musician comes through licenses for film and TV.
What advice would you give young musicians just starting out?
Work on your songwriting and take that side of things very seriously. Songs are what all music is based on and without good songs a great singer or guitarist will never make any impact.
How does being on a major label differ from being on an independent? In today’s musical climate is one better than the other?
I don’t think it makes much difference anymore. But I could be wrong. Certainly majors have a lot more sway with radio and they have more money to spend on advertising but there are advantages to small labels too. You usually get better deals from small labels and you get a team of people working on your product who are very passionate about what you do. Ultimately the choice between the two comes down to who is making offers and who has the best vibe. Working relationships are paramount.
Who would you cite as your biggest musical influence/influences?
That is almost impossible to answer. For me it might be the Velvet Underground who are a great 60’s underground rock band. The Beatles are pretty hard to beat when it comes to stealing great ideas off a great band!
Do you have any future projects/new recordings in the works?
Yes we are working on a new Phoenix Foundation album at the moment.