I happen to be a guy who also plays the piano and sings, so people automatically associate me with Billy Joel.
Playing in front of people is a lot different from playing in your room.
When people put that sort of pressure on you, you're worried that people won't want to receive you.
When my grandfather died, I started adopting some of his accents, to sort of remind myself of him. A homage. He was a war hero, and he was really great with his hands.
I guess I'm happy that I'm getting the attention. Otherwise, I'd just be playing in a local bar in front of my family members, and I'm sure they'd get sick of that in no time.
I took a lot of time to open myself up to taking chances musically.
I'm very competitive, and my ego couldn't handle that lack of success.
So I try not to have any actual expectations for myself for any level of success or failure.
I love to play music.
The early Billy Joel stuff I fell in love with, like Glass Houses, is a real rock record.
I may never get my own action figure, but at least I think what I'm doing is really legitimate musically.
So if I was dating somebody now and the relationship didn't work out, I'd take that as failing.
I think listening to real classic soul material made me learn how to feel music that's sung.
I was introduced to country music around a campfire on a farm.
So when you start touring, women are definitely going to check you out first.