First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name is Christopher Vernon, I play in Belle Haven and primarily the style of music that I make is Heavy Rock/Post Hardcore.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
I’d go with dark blue. I’m not sure why exactly, but it feels like a dark blue to me.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Making sure that what I want to hear is what everyone else in my band wants to hear. It can take a few songs for everyone to be on the same wavelength music wise. But once you get there you have so much fun.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Something like Reading Festival. I’ve always loved watching that live video of Nirvana live at Reading in 1992.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
What feels like the biggest musical success of my career right now is playing to nearly 1,000 people at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA in late 2015 on our tour with Norma Jean. But maybe just that tour in general. I learned so much about myself and what made me love music to begin with. It really brought me happiness feeling like I’d found that youthful sensation of a love of music again.
What inspired you to start making music?
I think my original inspiration was Jack Johnson’s ‘Taylor’. That was a long time ago and my songs sucked back then, but it was my original thing that made me start writing music for sure.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
While I don’t think he’s the most amazing vocalist in the world, I would love to sit in the room while Chris Martin from Coldplay would sing and perform ‘Fix You’ to me. Just something about that song is so beautiful and the vocals are so simple and ‘fragile’ sounding in that track.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
A constant source of inspiration in my general day to day life is my late Grandfather, Jim Lovelace. If I’m struggling with any situation or a hard decision to make, I would often think to myself: “What would Pa do?” He was just such a kind and loving man. I would hope that I could be remembered fondly like he is.
What’s your favorite book?
I’m very much into self-help books, as much as some people find that extremely lame. It’s hard to choose my favourites, but I think it would be a tie between ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie or the original life changer for me ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s All Small Stuff.’ by Richard Carlson. Richard Carlson’s book really helped me cope with being messed around a bit by people in the music industry and stop focusing on stuff that doesn’t really matter and start focusing on the people around me that do matter.
What do you like to do other than music?
Outside of music I love playing World of Warcraft. I’ve been playing it since I was about 13, so 10+ years later I’m still very active in the game and its community. I also love watching Pewdiepie’s YouTube videos. I just love how he doesn’t seem to care and just wants to be weird all the time.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
It’s hard to identify who my favourite musical artist is because it seems to change from day to day. Right now, I would say it’s a tie between Adele, Hawthorne Heights, and Saosin. Adele just has the most incredible lyrical content in her recent record. That’s what draws me to her.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
One thing that I feel I am constantly saying to younger artists is that you don’t need management or a booking agent to be successful. So many young kids are being messed around by ‘managers’ that are just trying to take money from the band for doing next to nothing, and they get away with it because the band doesn’t know any better. Don’t trust anyone unless they have some form of legitimate reputation to back it up. You’re just throwing money away otherwise.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
My lucky number is hands down the number 7. I have loved this number since about Grade 4 in Primary School. It’s a long story. My best friend Phoebe and I say this number all the time. It’s actually probably quite concerning for people that don’t understand haha.
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