My Rider

When you earn most of your money on gigs, like I do, you’re on the road very often. When you’re on the road that much, you’d like every place you visit to feel a little homey. And that’s why the rider was invented. The little things you need to make you feel a little better about being away from home. I’m not going to lie, it’s also a lot about alcohol.

I’ll let you in on my secret rider. I think the most important thing on my rider is the Kinder Egg. It’s tasty and keeps my Tour Manager busy for hours. Secondly, I need Red Bull. I don’t like to drink alcohol until after I’ve performed, so the Red Bull is essential to get me going. Third, I need towels (I sweat a lot, ew), and tooth brush and tooth paste. Those are like the main things that I need. I’ll admit, I might be a little vain, so to me feeling good equals performing well.

Other stuff I have on there is Prosecco and orange juice (so I can take Villa Mimosa with me everywhere), vodka, beer – you know, the usual stuff. Fun fact: I also have salsa on my rider, for internal joke reasons, but not tortilla chips. But everywhere I go, I still het tortilla chips. I guess people think I’ve made a mistake on my rider, and it makes me feel extra taken care of.

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People usually think backstage is the place to be. Most of the time, this is what’s going on.
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Except when Thomas and Valera stops by. Then this happens.

It’s album time

My album was supposed to come out spring ’16. Obviously, that didn’t happen. I was working in the studio, and tracks just kept coming to me. My label didn’t want me to kill my flow, so I just made track, upon track until I had way too many of them.

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Baphliff, my dog, is an important part of my studio life.

Before Christmas we sat down, and tried to choose the right ones for the album. The hardest thing I’ve ever done! So now I’m back in the studio, putting the finishing touches on my debut album, and I’m so excited to get it ready and out there this spring. 2016 was such a hard, but inspiring year for me and I think that’s going to be evident in the final product. I’ve worked with some amazing people, and I feel even more humbled than before that I get to do what I love.

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Awkward selfie stick moment!

Can’t wait for you to hear it!