SPEKTREMFROM THE AGE OF THIRTEEN, I was obsessively focused on songwriting. In my teenage years, this meant playing guitar and recording my band. By the time I got to college, I had fulfilled the goal of my youth, which was to write and record 100 songs.
WHEN I GOT TO COLLEGE, electronic music was the craze. I hated it at first. But as I began to open up to it, I realized the same software I had grown up using to record my band could be used to make electronic music.
In a Dream”. It was very well received and led to a team in Miami managing me, which gave me the confidence to keep going.
THIS MUSICAL CHAPTER IN MY LIFE was riddled with a problem: I loved sitting in my room for months and years making music. But I had no interest or talent for DJing.
In the electronic music world, DJing was a must. A career was financially built on playing at clubs and festivals.
So throughout the four years of Spektrem, there was a rotating ensemble of DJs who joined me. I would make the music, they would handle the DJing.
None of them ever really clicked in the long term. By the end, Spektrem was just me.
THIS PHASE OF MY LIFE lasted from 2012 to 2016. It took me on several short tours, shows along the East Coast, and to LA for two years.
The most successful song I produced is “Shine”, which landed in the world of NoCopyrightSounds, and has amassed over 135 million plays to this day.
In the end, I felt drawn to shift my creative energy to other outlets. I left Los Angeles in 2016 and moved to Washington, DC to work in the world of politics, which had long interested me.