About his novel:
Written over a period of 5 years in between finishing a Bachelor of Music in Composition, writing and performing in the Heavy Progressive Epic Rock Metal band Innominado, disbanding the Heavy Progressive Epic Rock Metal band Innominado, various part-time jobs including working at The Salvation Army Men's Hostel in Invercargill and stints at meat processing plants, completing a Teacher's Diploma, and returning to Gisborne to pursue teaching as a career, I am the Local Atheist is the story of a young man ('New-Adult' as some have termed the late teens/early twenties) in search of himself again and trying to find his place in a world that had once loved him, only to suddenly disown him, leaving him with little more than an alcoholic mother, drug dealing flatmates, and video games to keep him company.
More than just a "first novel", this is an attempt to involve the reader in character discussions and how those conversations impact on character actions; it is just as much a character study as it is a contemplation on the meaning of egoism and its effect on the Christian spirit.
About his music:
It's all about the songs. Mostly. From the start, music was a way to put words to images that often conjured in my mind. The music developed to the point where I was no longer just trying to express ideas or thoughts into words, but was searching for musical expressions as well - more often than not, of musical paths that I had not trodden previously. Even when you listen to a great artist like Mozart, if you listen to enough you can start hearing the same phrases and cadences repeating themselves (Queen of the Night Aria/Rondo from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik) - it seems inevitable when you are composing to completion on a regular basis. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue orchestral composition as a way of developing ideas alongside the rock songs that took me down a completely different path.
But mostly, it's about the songs.
I quite like compartmentalising music in terms of its structure, rearranging songs out of their standard verse/chorus/verse/chorus tradition.