Music and Me

DW Music and Me

I’ve always been so captivated by entertainment.  I remember being a little boy, at the age of 5 years old, seeing a mime pretending there was glass in front of him by pressing his hands against the air and turning me into a believer.  I recall going home that night and practicing to see if I could feel what he was feeling.  That sense of “aww” and amazement that the crowd, including myself, had.  How could a silent entertainer captivate a crowd in such suspense? That beautifully executed illusion. If that wasn’t enough then watching Michael Jackson with his Motown 25 performance truly blew my socks off!! I was like WOW how can one man possess so much talent.  The sound, the feeling, the movement, the illusions of floating backward with his legendary moonwalk!  I had to know how it worked and I was determined to do it.

So that’s exactly what I did, for years just watching every music video I could get my hands on and imitating the legend. Then the day finally came, my parents bought tickets to go see the “Bad” concert that was coming to Los Angeles.  I remember feeling so excited that my heart felt like it was going to pop out of my chest.  All I had seen was videos on MTV and now I could see him live!!  When Michael Jackson’s foot hit the stage everyone was mesmerized, screaming, shouting, crying, so many emotions wrapped up in a moment. To this day, I’ve never experienced so much presence from one human being. That is when I knew this was something that I had to pursue.

So lets fast forward; I graduated high school and moved to LA to become a dancer.  I got signed to an agency within my first year of moving to LA which landed me an opportunity to work with some amazing artists. Artist like Usher and Omarion. I was heavily inspired but I knew I wanted more than just to be in the background, I wanted center stage.  Maybe it’s the Leo in me or maybe I just artistically wanted to do more.

My agent called me and said there is a Pepsi commercial audition where they need dancers.  Not only that but it’s being directed by Jonathan Landis.  I thought to myself, thee Jonathan Landis who directed Thriller?!?!?  Sure enough, it was and I knew I had to bring my A-game!  So I went to the call and it was an all-day experience. 100’s of guys came out for this audition. They made cut after cut and somehow I kept advancing to the next level.  I thought in my head if I make this it’s a sign that there’s more for me out there.  Well I booked it!! I was chosen to dance and work with Mr. Landis and I have to say that experience changed my life.

They say every good artist imitates, to emulate, to radiate. Well this is finally my chance to SHARE this artistic vision of storytelling with the world. I had a pen and a pad, my mic and a world of journeys and experiences. I also had the blessings of a beautiful musical family who showed me the ropes in the music studio and chose to play piano which led to a keyboard and drum machine to flesh out my ideas. Life is such a journey and I love every minute of it. Good or bad every moment has a melody an idea and an outlet if your willing to connect. This is my time to share my journey with the world.

But perhaps even more importantly then all of that, it’s YOU, the listener, that makes all of it matter.

I look forward to many more sometimes-hard, sometimes-ugly, always worthwhile experiences along this musical journey.

If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to listen to my most recent album, “7”.

Thank you for being a listener and for making it all matter.