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exposed to rock music early and it just stuck. At the age of 8, being an incredibly young Rush fanatic, I had an interest in learning how to play bass.

My parents took me to a local music shop, and the people there said that I was a tad too small to be able to handle one at the time, and recommended taking up guitar, which I eventually did at the age of 10.

Long story short, I have been playing guitar for 15 years and am obsessed with music. Creating art for bands is incredible because I get to listen to an album and create visuals that match the vibe and mood of the music. It's the perfect blend of both of my passions.

What are your thoughts on record labels nowadays?

Well, this is something I actually think about a lot. I have several friends that work for management companies, labels, etc., and it always comes up in conversation. It is impossible to predict what is going to happen with the industry in the next 10 or so years, but I can tell you that it will be drastically different and extremely exciting (for me at least, but I'm a nerd like that). One thing I have strongly believed for a while now is that art / design / photography are becoming more important and pivotal to record sales. Ever since Napster smashed the industry, there's not as much incentive for purchasing records. I think album art is more important than ever. It is way too easy to grab an album online for free (I don't recommend it, but we all know its not the hardest thing in the world). Having profound and unique artwork to go with your music attracts more attention and helps people connect with it, and they actually want to BUY it more. I have been known to get albums solely based on their cover. Sometimes the music is alright, other times it's pretty horrid, but they sold me!

What is your favorite album cover?

How about I give you more than one!! These are in no particular order, as I really don't have a "favorite", and there are definitely more than five covers that I love, but don't want to write a novel here ...

— Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
— The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
— Circa Survive - On Letting Go
— Converge - Axe to Fall
— Nine Inch Nails - The Slip

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