Landon Cisneros


It seems like it was just the other day when I asked Landon if he would consider tracking drums for the Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP and now we're nine songs in. This year, Landon has tracked drums for Blue Sun, Denials, In Love... Again, and two soon to be released singles. A recording session with Landon is circled on my calendar. We chop it up about music, family, politics, life... we bro out, it's fun. Landon is a 100% A1 solid dude and a full-time member of Spirit Mother so I'm very grateful for his contributions for this project. Thank you, Landon.


Golden Plates

Vocals, Lead Guitar (In Love... Again)

I met Elder Brycen aka Golden Plates on Instagram and I immediately reached out. As the new batch of songs started coming together, I paid attention to his social media output for clues on what song to pair him with. I would describe his Instagram content as fun, with music covers, videos and acoustic performances. When he released his album "The Light," I realized I made a mistake. His album was dark and driving. I had given him a rock track that was bright and strummy. So I offered a track swap. Golden Plates knocks it out with killer vocals and a searing guitar lead. 

Olivia Barchard

Vocals(Blue Sun)

I met Olivia and her husband Allen as the electropop duo known as Breakdown Valentine. Whenever her name comes up, I always picture her on stage, rocking out, playing a synth with a bass guitar sitting close by.  I would run into them at Popscene or local shows checking out other local bands. I have always known Olivia to be a standout vocalist, but when I heard her vocals with Moon Museum there was something different,  a softer nuance. I'm excited for our new single and to hear what else she releases via her projects Moon Museum, Venus In Arms, and Breakdown Valentine.

Sophia Prise

Vocals(Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP)

The reaction Sophia's vocals received when I started to play the song  to those involved with the project, meant we were on the right path. The song was inspired by The Clash's 'Lost In The Supermarket' and she definitely hits on the raw energy that fueled the music of that era. I'm not sure what direction our new collaborations will go in but with Sophia's vocal range, her experience and style, any song we work on should be worth a listen.  Sophia has agreed to lead the new single which is currently in the works to follow up the Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP.

Luke Sweeney

Vocals(Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP)

I don't know Luke very well but I love his music. I've seen him perform live a handful of times and follow him on the gram where he mixes it up playing a variety of solo sets on a piano, a moog or guitar. His songwriting abilities are on another level and his dynamic textured vocals are a blend of yesteryear and Cut Copy pop. Im beyond happy that Luke took the time to contribute lyrics/vocals for a track on this EP. All I could say is check out his music, especially the songs 'Open Those Savage Eyes', 'Already Yours', and 'East Coast Vertigho St.'

Tobias Hawkins

Vocals(Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP)

Thanks to music, I've made a new friend and ally who's not only incredibly talented, he's also blessed with vision that allow him to see a track in ways I can't yet comprehend. Rex always says how spoiled we are to have Tobias on board. There's something undeniably special about the candid confessions that are his lyrics and his delivery style that's controlled yet bubbling with chaos. I'm looking forward to once again, meeting up with my homie and starting the process of bouncing tracks in preparation for knocking it out at the recording studio.  

Landon Cisneros

Drums(Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP)

I met Zodiac Death Valley by chance when I swung by Different Fur Studio while they were recording. We became friends. The group's brand of San Francisco rock n roll was infectious, led by Nic's vocals and powered by Landon's hard hitting drums.  When looking for a drummer for this EP, I never considered asking Landon. He had moved to LA to play with Spirit Mother and largely  because the music he played was so different from what I had written. His drumming elevated the music. I had to stay in stride or get left behind.

Andrew Gomez

Synths(Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP)

I've been friends with Andrew for some time and he's certainly taught me a lot about music. He and his wife Bevin have been consistently putting out indie/darkwave records with their band NRVS LVRS. I sent him the songs for his critique and when he asked for the songs BPM's, I wasn't sure what to expect. He sent back layers of files that I now refer to as "Moog Magic" that gave the songs a distinct contrast from the distorted fuzz that otherwise permeate every track. His "Moog Magic" is the perfect contribution that shift the songs into a different lane.

Rex Sherlverton

Producer(Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP)

It dawned on me recently that I've now been in the studio with Rex for two plus years and that I barely knew him prior to our studio sessions. One time we played a show  with his band Bellavista and my singer says "ask Rex if you can use his bass rig", I responded "what does he look like?" Rex's contributions to this EP are not limited to it's sound, his input transformed the songs(i.e. the BART sample in The Story, or the moody synth loop intro on Can't Allow). The experience he brings to a project and the comfortable setting he provides in the studio are just the thing I need in my development as a songwriter. 

Tobias Hawkins

Vocals(Dream EP)

As I formerly mentioned, I met Tobias playing a show at the Eagle. I don't believe we exchanged pleasantries on that particular occasion but I did notice how incredibly rock and roll he was. One would have to be blind not to. The clothes, the hair, the onstage persona and most importantly the big voice. A quick google search along with some light questioning from me revealed that Tobias played drums for Counting Crows, played with the drummer from Primus (under the name Laundry) but his favorite band that he fronted was the Girlfriend Experience.