Q: Where are you located in this big wide world right now and what're you working on?
A: Currently I am living in Ridgewood N.J. which is a suburb of New York City. Im working on a new project, which is still nameless at the moment.
Q: Who did you grow up listening to?
A: Well the first CD I ever bought was Michael Jackson’s, Black or White and he still is to this day, one of my favorite artists. But I also grew up listening to a lot of Buster Poindexter, The Beatles, Notorious BIG, and Elvis.
Q: What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?
A: Well normally I write songs about inner turmoil present within people’s subconscious lives; which I think is pretty weird to begin with. But I would have to say the weirdest thing I have ever written about was saving pregnant women from sacrifice
Q: Did you initially, when starting out as a band, find it difficult to get your music out there and heard and secure shows or has it been relatively straight forward?
A: Initially Family Portrait song writing started out as just me. However, it wasn’t long until we found a reason to start a full band. In this case it was our friend and band mate Ari Stern’s 21st birthday party.This was the first Family Portrait performance along with one of the first Real Estate performances. It was a magical time.
Q: What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
A: Either at a party with tons of people having a great time, or by yourself in your most vulnerable of moments.
Q: What's been your favourite show you've played so far?
A: Wow ever? Most likely our Halloween show of late 08’. We were still only playing house shows, which were more or less filled with our friends from college in DC. Due to the level of familiarity we were able to let loose a little more than normal. Watching our bass player, Sawyer Carter Jacobs, do extremely high kicks in his skin tight gold spandex was a moment I hope to never forget.
Q: Apart from make music, what else do you like to get up to?
A: I like to enjoy the finer things of life when i initially wake up. Make myself some coffee, drink it outside and have a nice smoke. Breathe the fresh Jersey air, and plan my day which mostly revolves around music oriented things.
Q: What's the best thing about being in a band and the worst thing?
A: The best thing about being in a band is the bond you make with your bandmates. Being on the road for a month in the same car for hours a day with the same people can really bring you close. It is almost funny how cars have a way helping people relate to one another. As if due to the smaller space, we are forced to get closer with one another, not just physically.
Q: What're Family Portrait's near future plans, what's next for you guys?
A: Future plans include not playing any live shows until CMJ in New York City. Once CMJ rolls along we will be going on a short tour with some bands, which will be announced soon. Afterwards we are hoping to go to the UK in the winter, which will also hopefully be announced relatively soon. We are almost finished with our first full length record as well as an EP called Dark Roast. The Dark Roast EP will help to showcase the future of Family Portrait.
Such an awesome band, keep a look out and have a peek at their myspace