Complicate/Simple lives up to their name. At once they are alternative and mainstream, eclectic and rock. They borrow from the past, yet their originality stands out in today's music scene. The band explores raw themes like addiction and suicide as well as empowering topics about healing and overcoming obstacles.
"Unique playing styles and backgrounds converge smooth rock riffs with a syncopated timbre of modernized, smooth, affluent and tasteful tunes. End result: You want to know, sing, tap your feet, clap your hands and jam out to it."
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started writing music at four-years-old when I discovered an old, out-of-tune piano in the basement. I never looked back from that point. I was addicted.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest? Let’s see. I do recall a show years back where we were playing a packed model runway shoot and the models kept slipping off the runway. One was carted out on a stretcher because she broke her ankle. At the same time, drunk people were passing out on the monitors. It almost felt like they were making the drinks to stiff.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Right now. Right here. The group of people I have assembled around me are the best I’ve ever gotten to enjoy playing with. From everyone in the band to the production and studio guys, it’s all top-notch. The results and quality of the music speak for themselves. For the first time in my career, I feel like I have all the weapons I need to gain some recognition.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Our creative process varies. It can be based on feelings, a sudden memory that comes to fore, an experience we had recently or even just some humor we want to put into a song. Once we get that hooky melody, it’s fun to play it over and over and see where the musical journey takes us.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Artists face unending challenges today. Gaining the attention of A&R execs that make decisions is very difficult, but not impossible. My suggestion to the music industry is to bring back real A&R scouts like the old days. Go out and find talent like NFL scouts find players. Attend the dive bar shows, find the up and coming bands and get them deals before they sign with someone else.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
The Beatles. Because who wouldn’t want to do that?
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Our rehearsals are insane. We have a state-of-the-art practice studio that I built with our guitarist, Max, by hand. It features a stage, lighting, pro gear and a bar. As you can imagine, playing in there is second only to performing on the big stage.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Our current single, “Heart on Her Sleeve,” was very challenging. From incorporating hooks, to updating certain parts in the studio to being open to production changes and notes from the producers. It was well worth it in the end. The final result speaks for itself.
What's coming up in the future?
We’re just getting started. Keep your eyes open for new singles in the near future. Coming up next is a full-feature music video for “Heart on Her Sleeve.” It will drop in just a few weeks.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can find us online on our website.