One of Asheville’s rising stars reveals his thoughts on music, Asheville and community.
Q: Tell me about your introduction to music.
It was at a very young age; I was always singing. I think my mom shoved me in the choir or something, but I always really enjoyed music… My father used to always play ‘60s or ‘70s music. I think when I got my drum set, everything changed. I just had so much fun, and playing drums was a good release of energy. I got a guitar one Christmas, I just kept playing with it… I could never take practice, I was always too impatient… I’ve taught myself, just by using the ear and memory.
Q: What inspired your move
I grew up in Boston, but I’ve been here almost a year… When I visited Asheville as a family trip, I just knew. I, on a whim, shoved my entire life into my Toyota Corolla and did a 19-hour drive across the country, just a leap of faith…it’s been the best decision I ever made. Self-expression is the whole reason I moved down here, how they embrace everyone and have such an [artistic] culture. Music just adds to the whole environment of Asheville. I want everyone to know that Lincoln is here, that he lives here and he really wants to be a part of the community… I’ve just been embraced here as a musician.
Q: What do you enjoy most about the Asheville Music Scene?
The collaboration. The ability to meet other people who play music. The variety of music and instruments. People are busking, and I can just go sit and jam. I’ve had conversations with homeless or drifters, conversations started because of music… The community here is so supportive; if you sound good, they really enjoy it. That’s the atmosphere that I needed.
Q: What would be your advice to someone trying to break into the music scene, especially in Asheville?
Hit the streets. We live in a unique place where you can walk out the front door with your guitar and pick a spot [to play]. Especially if you want to hone your skills, if you’re an early musician, no one’s gonna bother you and you’re gonna get feedback and you’re gonna walk away feeling good. Converse with other musicians and utilize them.
I want people to know that it’s absolutely ok to express yourself, you shouldn’t be afraid to show that to other people. Take people by surprise, just show people that it’s ok to be you. If you have a skill or talent, don’t hide it. I try to bring that out of people.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
To be a solidified musician and member of this community. It really is a small city, and I want to be someone that people know is there. I want Asheville to keep growing and improving, and I think I can help do that… I didn’t just come here to make money or go on an emotional journey, this is where I want to be. I want to contribute to the city.