What’s your favorite decade of the blues?
Probably the 1920s. I never got into electric blues, the Chicago style or later stuff like Eric Clapton. The reason I got into blues was because, when I was going to high school in the mid-2000s, there was a lot of electronic stuff out and the radio was pretty intense and heavy or pretentious and complicated. I was listening to punk first. I had friends who invited me to the skate park where they had a DIY venue. I would go there and see bands and that’s when I started playing guitar. I liked stuff from the ’20s because there was just a dude with a guitar and it still worked.
What does it take to be a good songwriter?
I don’t think that there’s a good answer for that because it depends on what it is you’re going for. Sometimes I like people who have a little couplet that really hits you in the chest, but sometimes I just like listening to trap music. When it comes to writing songs, if you’re doing what you enjoy, that’s the important part.
Where is blues going in the 2020s?
I don’t think it works like that anymore. I don’t think people think about tracks like that anymore. If you listen to Young Thug’s last album [Beautiful Thugger Girls], it’s a country album with hip-hop on it. I think hip-hop has a lot to do with people not thinking about genres.
What made you fall in love with New Orleans enough to live here for a while?
I moved there for work with AmeriCorps right after college and started working for a nonprofit. I knew nothing about the city when I moved there. I grew up in Florida and just never made it out there. I loved it and stayed there. For my last couple years there I lived in the Bywater. There was a band called Babes I really loved, they opened up for me at One Eyed Jack’s. I also love BottomFeeders. Coming from Florida and the punk scene, I just wasn’t used to people who were, like, 24 and just killing it. [Local musicians] were way more professional.
How will your performance at Voodoo Fest this year compare to your previous appearance?
I have a bigger band now and different musicians, which will make for a better show overall, I think. The last time we went out to Voodoo, we were kind of a punk garage band, just going hard the whole time. I’m happy with the show now because I think that we can do a lot of different stuff and there’s something for everybody in it. It’s more fun for me, so I think it’ll be more fun for the audience [laughs].
Friday, October 27
6 p.m. (South Course)