Aaron Bruno

I just find that I enjoy the music that feels like there’s a journey to the top of this mountain, then you’re at the top of the mountain finally with this magical feeling, and you’re stoked because you made it, and you’re up there, but there’s a little bit of sadness to think of all that you lost along the way to get there. I guess I relate and enjoy the path and the struggle very much. Maybe it’s the competitive spirit in me.

I can always be reminded how small I am when I try to surf a wave that’s a little bit out of my league, and I just get pummeled. And, when your life flashes before your eyes kind of stuff, deep down under the water where you don’t know what’s up or down, and that kind of thing, or just Mother Nature reminding you how small you are compared to it. That’s kind of the main thing for me.

I never try and force-feed any song idea or lyrical message. It’s really what’s on my mind and what comes out of me. And a lot of these lyrics are metaphors for specific life situations that I’ve been through, and in most cases, the struggles. Something about human beings wearing sadness heavily on their sleeve inspires me to make something uplifting about the situation.

I just find that with music I’ve always felt a sort of comfort.”Paranoid Android” was the saddest song I’d ever heard in my life, but it felt so good – it was like, “Oh, you understand where I’m coming from.” I was at a weird age at the time, in a hardcore band that had no melody, no chance of finding any success, and I was just trying to figure out what the hell I was going to do with my life. And that came out and changed my life forever – on an artistic level, and a lyrical level, for sure.

I haven’t touched meat or anything like that in over six years. You know what’s pretty trippy, once I stopped, I didn’t get sick from that point on. I’ll get a light cold once in a while, but ever since that, I’ve just been completely on my toes and it helps for surfing too, to stay light on your toes and be healthy.

Videos are tricky because stuff sounds amazing on paper and it seems like it’s going to be this mystical experience and you’re going to look back and go, “Wow, that was magic.” But more times than not, it doesn’t end up that way, so I never know what I’m going to get.

Everybody has got their vibes – it could be mountain biking, it could be hiking, but for me, it’s surfing and music. There’s a lot of different things, but I think love gives us peace one way or another, and a calming effect on our soul, so I don’t know exactly what love is to me, but I know I try my best to surround myself with that.