Recently there has been a lot of
confusion as to my involvement and place in the band ISSUES, since I
took a break from touring to focus on my passions. After much thought
and discussion, I regret to inform you that I am officially parting ways
with the band as of now. To some this may come a shock, to others, you
may have seen this coming from miles away. I can say without a doubt
when I stepped away from the All Time Low tour, I didn’t think it would
be for good. I even returned to play shows in Hawaii, Alaska, and Japan
this past year. But what became apparent at those shows, and during my
time at home, was the undeniable fact that being a member of this band
just didn’t make me happy. In fact in a lot of ways it did the opposite.
To give a quick history I wasn’t even planning on officially
joining issues. The idea for the band was formed when I was on tour
DJ-ing for Tyler Carter on his solo tour opening for the band Go Radio.
He expressed interest in starting a new band, and was talking about and
planning out how he was going to form it. He had been sent some demos,
but nothing too impressive. I told him that if he wanted to start
putting out new music, the instrumentals had to be as next level as what
he was writing. It was then that he asked if I would be interested in
helping write and produce the project. I was into it, it sounded like
fun. But there wasn’t really an opportunity to actually join the band at
this point, because he had already promised Case Snedecor the drum
spot, and that was the only instrument I was comfortable playing. I
wasn’t really concerned about it though, because I was content with
playing in my local band “A Memoria Brooded” and working at Atlantic
Records in Hollywood as an engineer.
After the tour I began
writing with some friends, met AJ and convinced Tyler to let him join
the band. After the EP was done, they set off for tour. Tyler was the
first to have the idea of me joining as the DJ. I wasn’t down at all. I
didn’t want to leave my job at Atlantic, or my band back home. Also
didn’t seem like something that I would really enjoy doing or being
known for. So I didn’t go on the Party with the Devil tour with Attila.
the tour, they were passionate about me at least trying out a tour
playing with the band. I was just so torn
about joining a band as a keyboard player. I’ve always been an integral
part of the live show with every project I’ve been in, and I felt as
though I would be reduced to a gimmick. But despite my reservations I
thought it over a TON, and since the band was actually going well, I
thought why not. I’ll try it. I’ve never toured with a band, and a lot
of people would kill for this opportunity. So I decided to go on the
Silverstein Headliner, and legitimately had a lot of fun. So, I decided
to officially join and continue with ISSUES.
The problem with
doing something that your heart isn’t fully committed to though, is it
wears off real quick. I started to become envious of every other band
member living out their dreams playing what they were passionate about,
getting better at their craft, all the while I was showing up for work
every day. It got to the point where my least favorite part of the day
was getting on stage, which is pretty ass backwards to the point of
playing music for a living. That added to the fact that I witnessed my
peers back home advancing in their careers as songwriters and producers,
(what I truly care about) while I was stuck in the same place due to
being on the road all year.
It finally became time to wake up and
refuse to do anything that made me unhappy. I told the band that I
wanted a break to focus on what I love to do. They were more than
supportive. And in the small time I’ve stepped away from touring, I’ve
gotten further in my quest to becoming a producer than I had in the 3
years I was with ISSUES. I’m so so much happier now as a person, and so
excited for my future. And from what I’ve witnessed, no one gets
anywhere doing something half-heartedly. So it is a very important
decision to fully commit to production and depart from any other
projects that might take my time away from that.
As far as the
album goes, I was, and still continue to be just as involved as I always
have been in the writing and production process. It’s really the only
part of being in ISSUES that I truly enjoy; the creation of the music.
We are still working extremely hard on finishing and releasing this
music as soon as possible, as we have all put countless hours into it
and are proud of what we’ve written. I hope you can all understand where
I’m coming from, and realize that there is literally no bad blood or
animosity between me and the guys, as they all are very supportive of my
decision. They wish to see me succeed, as I wish to see ISSUES continue
to thrive. I love all of them to death, and wouldn’t take back any of
our experiences for the world.
Currently I have a new manager,
and am in the studio 24/7 working on production for artists and remixes,
playing in a band with some of my closest homies in LA, and loving
life. I know I’ll see you guys again soon, in a different setting. I
have so much love for all who have support me and the band throughout
the project. Thank you so much for your commitment to the band, and hope
that you’ll stay with them as they journey onward.