4. Touring in a wheelchair is surely challenging. But are there any ways in which your disability might actually be an advantage on stage, in the studio, or on the road?
It’s a logistical nightmare. I have a handicapped tag so we’ll have great and/or free parking. We’ll also be packing two portable ramps and a camping toilet. Maybe one advantage is that we’ve had to get... creative? Also, while booking the tour Keith has been met with a wide array of what “accessible” means. He’s been educating promoters and venues about what is truly required to be 100% accessible.
I’ve also been strength training two to four times a week for the last six years. I have to exercise to maintain my current level of function (low weights/high reps)....I’ve discovered that I’m more capable than I give myself credit for and I can push out of my comfort zone. [Previously,] I was in a bubble, afraid to try anything that might be too hard. It’s been a huge confidence boost that has definitely pushed me to work harder as a songwriter and a guitarist.
5. What's the most emo thing you've ever done?
Listened to The Cure's Disintegration in the dark with lit candles everywhere. I was 15.
WORDS: Ethan Fixell
POSED PHOTOS: Lucy Pearl Photography
LIVE PHOTO: Laura Burnes