Singer/Songwriter and also website designing
Q. How did you get involved with your artistic medium?
A. I became involved in music when I was around 5 years old. My dad bought me this really old air powered organ that was sort of like a miniature pipe organ. I started playing songs like "Here comes the Bride" and "Jingle Bells". Later, when I was 15, I decided to get a guitar. I used to play 6-7 hours a day (for the first year anyways). After my first year of playing, I got asked to be the lead guitarist for a band called "Deadline". We were a cover band that played "Big Hair" 80's Rock. Well, 10 years later, here I am. I am in a band called "HONKY" that writes original music. As far as how I got into making web pages....well,......I just got into it slowly over the last 5 years on my parents computer until I was at a point were people were willing to pay me for what I was having fun doing for free.
Q. What is a typical day at work for you?
A. A typical day at work for me would be showing up 2 minutes late and running up a flight of stairs trying to beat my boss to my office. Once I have had a chance to check my email, I usually go right to work at making WebPages. For lunch, I usually go to Wendy's, by 2 Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers and a water. I eat them on the drive to my house ( to save time, because I am very high strung). Then I use the remaining 45 minutes of my lunch to clean up my house from the party the night before and water my garden (which I rarely ever actually get around to doing.......I guess I am trying to grow DRIED tomatoes). Then I head back to work and do the web page thing some more. At 5 p.m., I lock up, go home, and relax at my new mini-bar (maybe too much relaxing at the bar lately I'm afraid).
Q. What do you use as your workspace?
A. I share a 8'X 15' work space with 2 other people. We also have 6 computers within the same work area.
Q. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
A. Well, my goal is to be on tour with my band. I want to make it in music so I can have the chance to open up for the bands that made me fall in love with music. If I never do anything else in the next 5 years, I hope I at least get to clean up the bathrooms at a Pink Floyd Concert (or an even better position if possible....)
Q. What advice do you have to other up and coming artists?
A. Here is my advice to the up and coming artists for what it's worth. Don't let people's opinions override your own judgment. Everyone wants to give you their two cents worth of "Priceless Advice", but you have to remember.......You are the only person able to say what's in your head the way it was meant to be said. No matter what medium you are into, it is your job to be as honest, and sincere as you possibly can with your art. It's what will keep you from blending into all the other commercialized confusion. There are no rules to your art. And if it's good, there are no categories either.
Since this interview Steve has moved to Lawrence, Ks to focus more on his music. We wish Steve the best of luck!