WHICH INSTRUMENT IS YOUR FAVORITE TO PLAY?

That's a tough question. I love playing all three (drums, bass, and piano). But if I had to choose one, it would be bass. There's just so much room for creativity and that makes it hard to compete with.

WHY DID YOU QUIT SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SO LONG?

 

I knew before anyone else that a major shift was about to take place in my life. Recording Blue Moon was a great experience, but it was also one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. It required so much focus, research, energy, and knowledge of myself that I just didn't have the mental energy to focus on social media at all. So I decided to cut it off for the sake of making the best album I could possibly make and getting better each day.

WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC DO YOU ENJOY LISTENING TO?

I mainly listen to soul music and jazz funk (Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Average White Band, Isaac Hayes, Tower of Power, Roy Ayers, and so on). I also enjoy hip hop/rap, pop, and traditional jazz. I'm a little all over the place since I'm a producer. I enjoy many styles of music. It just has to be good.

WHY ARE YOU BACK IN COLLEGE?

This is probably the question I get more than any other. Essentially, I want to grow drastically in every way. It's been giving me the opportunity to dive deeper into music theory, the music business, engineering techniques, and the many aspects of production. I've also had the chance to network with many of the students and professors on their music projects, and some have helped me with mine was well.

WHEN WILL YOU BE PERFORMING?

Well, this is another question I get a lot. Quite frankly, I don't consider myself a "performer" and for some time, I allowed myself to believe I was. To tell you the truth, I hate performing, but not for the reasons you may think. I love the interaction with the fans and the band members on stage, but I'm a studio musician. Creatively, I'm at my best making music. Period. No one can tell me otherwise at this point. Everything about me screams "music producer," and it's what I love to do. I'm honest enough with myself to know that everyone will benefit from me actually using my abilities as a producer than me doing something I'm not interested in. And if we're being honest, there are too many "jobs" in the music industry to automatically default to "performer" just because you can plan an instrument or sing. Make sense?

To answer the question, I don't see a performance in the immediate future. If a really, really major opportunity opened up, I'd consider it. Otherwise, you can find me in the studio working with other musicians.

WHERE DID THE NAME "SKINNY HIGHTOWER" COME FROM?

When I was in the military (back when I was actually skinny), one of the Warrant Officers found out I was doing jazz and said, "So, you're gonna be like a skinny Mr. Hightower, huh?" For those of you who don't know, Mr. Hightower was a character played by Steve Harvey and he was a jazz teacher. Almost every time he saw me, he'd call me Skinny Hightower, so I decided to keep the name. Thanks Chief! 

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

When I'm not making music, studying, practicing or listening to music, I'm either reading, gaming, working out, or playing chess. I read and listen to audio books more than anything. But gaming is high on the list also when I have the time. The occasional movie never hurts either. I guess you could say I'm fairly boring. Don't care!

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