What was it like growing up on a farm and does it inspire your music?
S. The farm has been in the family since 1864. Even though I have had my whole life to explore it, there’s always more to explore and junk to rummage through, which is one of my favorite things to do. Basically, there’s still a lot of mystery out there for me and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to completely resolve it.

What other things inspire your music?
S. Driving and landscapes give me a lot of good energy. I like to listen to things like Merzbow on the long trips back to the TX panhandle. It might seem a bit of an odd juxtaposition, but it makes complete sense to me. I draw inspiration from books and films. One book in particular that Ty Stamp turned me on to was “The Worst Hard Time,” by Timothy Egan about those who survived the Dust Bowl. My family survived the Dust Bowl, so this really resonated with me and was the inspiration for one of the songs on the album I’m working on. I rely heavily on books to take me where I need to go.

What is your musical background/education?
S. I’ve played in a lot of different bands; including some noise/improve scenarios, which are wonderfully cathartic to perform with. I have a bachelor’s in music from UNT and have studied with Meredith Monk as well as members of her vocal ensemble. Studying with Meredith Monk may sound lofty to some, but I highly recommend it and really, it is just a matter of money. There are always a limited number of spots, but if you have the money (and it is quite affordable), go for it, assuming that’s your thing.

How long have you lived in Denton and what do you like about it?
S.I’ve lived here off and on (mostly on) for about 12 years. I have a lot of inspiring friends, so that’s what I like most.

What's happening with your music right now?
S. I just finished recording an album of solo work that includes piano, harmonium, hammered dulcimer, voice and a couple of electroacoustic pieces. Mike and Jenny Seman are producing it and were integral to the process.

What are your dreams for the future?
S. I’d like my music to be on the soundtrack for an awesome/beautiful film.