What inspired the title of your album Midnight Rhumba?
Rhumba, or Rumba, is a popular Latin rhythm and a lot of my music is based on the Rumba Flamenca style. The words “midnight rhumba” conjures up images of an intimate gathering of musicians, dancers and singers and many of my songs would be exactly the music you’d hear in such a setting.
What’s the most inspiring thing a listener of your music has told you?
I’ve had many people write me over the years telling me how my music has helped them through different life experiences. Once that sticks out was a person with cancer who wrote me to tell me how my songs brought her happiness through the tough times.
Does a specific state of mind generate your best work?
Usually, I do most of my composing in solitude. In solitude and silence I can reflect on deeper emotions without distractions. Also spending time in the Caribbean, with palm trees, coconuts, ocean, etc. helps a lot!
Aside from music, are there other forms of art which you draw inspiration from?
I love many forms of art, in fact I once was planning on being an artist before music took over as my passion. I also studied Martial Arts for many years, Hung Gar style Kung Fu and Qi Gong to be precise. But the greatest art that inspires me is nature.
Do you feel with each album you do you continue to adapt, evolve, and get better at your craft?
I’d say yes. I don’t like to repeat myself musically so I am always trying to grow and expand in terms of playing skills, composition, arranging, and even engineering in the studio when I record. To me a perfect song starts with a beautiful melody, then an interesting accompaniment, mix in some virtuoso guitar playing and good sound quality and there you have a song that will touch the heart of the listener.
What’s next for yourself?
Though most people see me as a musician, my spiritual life is really who I am. I teach Kundalini yoga and conduct retreats in the Dominican Republic several times a year and music is always a big part of this. As I continue to grow spiritually my music grows too because they are inextricably linked. I pour my soul into every note of music that I play and I believe the listener can sense that. I am very content in all that I do, so the only “next” is to continue doing what I am already doing and just allow the world to unfold around me and not take any of it too seriously.