“When it comes to creating my brand or style, I have a 2 year old daughter now and before anyone else hears it, she listens to what I’m working on. If she starts jumping around and dancing, I keep going with the track. If she wanders off, I will usually trash it. She has great taste in music and seems to have a keen sense of what makes a good song. It’s weird for her age to be so tuned in; I think she’s going to end up being a drummer. She has a little snare drum and some shakers that she bangs on while I play guitar. She’s a pretty awesome little monster.” – Douglas Garnett
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JACQUELINE JAX- How did you get your start in music?
DOUGLAS GARNETT: In 4th grade my music teacher realized I couldn’t sing, she placed a guitar in my lap and taught me and one other kid a few chords to play for a school recital. I suppose it was the only way to include me in the performance. Lol… little did she know she created a monster. Not long after, I would lock myself in my room for hours on end learning to play that thing for real. In my teens I started playing around in rock bands and learning how to write songs. One thing led to another and I started getting into electronic music. I loved being able to create sounds beyond rock guitar and taking a song in any direction I wanted to. I also love collaborating with others so about 6 months ago I started assembling a team of great musicians and artists from around the country. As a producer I’m known as GALILEE, so after creating the collective I changed my musical output to We Are GALILEE, as tribute to the collaborative spirit of it, as well as we want our fans to become part of what we’re doing as well. We have some special things planned to get people involved. W.A.G. is made up of myself, Carl Rajkowski, Barbara Moseley, Dietrich Leach and Luke Angelo. Carl is in Seattle, Barbara is around Los Angeles, Dietrich is in Kalamazoo, Luke is in Chicago and I’m in Orlando. So we’re literally coast to coast
– Who inspires your music?
When it comes to creating my brand or style, I have a 2 year old daughter now and before anyone else hears it, she listens to what I’m working on. If she starts jumping around and dancing, I keep going with the track. If she wanders off, I will usually trash it. She has great taste in music and seems to have a keen sense of what makes a good song. It’s weird for her age to be so tuned in; I think she’s going to end up being a drummer. She has a little snare drum and some shakers that she bangs on while I play guitar. She’s a pretty awesome little monster.
– What’s the music scene like in your town?
I live right in between Tampa and Orlando, both have a lot of dj clubs, so I’m networking with a few in those scenes. Where I live, there really isn’t any sort of nightlife. You sort of make your own fun. You have to get creative. I recently picked up a Sony Action Cam so I will be making some goofball videos soon. Barbara will be shooting some video for our upcoming video of the single “Arrival” soon and I’ll be putting that together. As a musician, you always have to find creative ways to make extra money, so I do everything from graphics and web design to music reviews and video editing.
– What do you like about social media? Have you found any challenges that you’ve had to overcome?
I think social media is a mixed bag. It’s a great way to meet new people and find others that share your interests, even sharing your art. The downside is that unless you’re doing something completely outrageous, it’s hard to cut through all of the corporate media that’s taken over the internet.
– Why do you think it’s so hard for indie artists to break into the mainstream big markets and gain a solid fan base?
Well again, corporations are spending huge dollars to get your attention, and unless you have that kind of capital, you just can’t compete. So you have to find other inventive ways to get yourself noticed. Usually it involves doing something really really stupid. Lol… but once in a while something catches on that wouldn’t have had a chance without the net. Like the dance memes that just come out of nowhere.
– Every true artist has a creative journey they hope for, what is the legacy you want to leave?
I think that I just want to leave behind some really good music that people can relate to and have fun with. It’d be cool if it becomes a moment in someone’s life that when they hear a certain song [of mine], it takes them back to a great time in their life. On the other side of it, I’d also like to create music that cracks through our spirit and flesh barriers, to connect us with God and do something no one has ever done. But that’s a way off. Writing the perfect song is something that I’m sure most songwriters struggle with. It’s like all of our songs are practice toward writing that ultimate song that knocks everyone off their feet. I’m getting a lot better at it than where I started though… progress a little at a time.
– Artists who seek to make their art a career often face challenges that question their sense of purpose and creativity.. How do you remove the monetary value as a means of influence over or judgement of your art?
Making a career out of art is no easy path. You have to figure out why you’re making it in the first place. For me, it was always about the music. But for a lot of friends, it was about making money or getting girls or any number of things. Music for them was just a means to attain those things in a sexier way than say, being a 711 cashier. One thing I love about the people working with me now is that they all have a serious passion for music and have a true dedication to make something great.
– How do you handle the negative energy that exists in this business?
I believe in God, and with it that God gave us creativity… so I really strive to use that as a catalyst to make the best music I can, no matter what genre I might be doing. This business seems to thrive on negative energy, haters and trolls are now part of our everyday life on the web so we just have to have a thicker skin and learn not to put any stock into that. I know people that have gotten sucked into sites like 4Chan and they’re so depressed by the end of the day… I mean, who has time for that and why do these people spend so much time and energy being hateful? I just stay away from it as much as I can.
– Do you find that there is to much emphasis on being current and trendy or Is there a balance that you have found helpful in your artistic decisions?
Trends will always come and go and in this century trends are dead within a few months’ time, so it’s always best to just do what you love to do. There will almost always be an audience for whatever you do; it’s just a matter of finding and connecting with them. I do see what’s hot on Beatport or Billboard from time to time just to stay current, but I don’t obsess with trends. I mean, the day your music comes out, it’s like driving a new car off the lot… it depreciates in it’s value because it is no longer new. So you hype it up and come out swingin’ and hopefully your audience will help you keep it going.
– Are you religious? Do you believe in fate?
I believe in God in the Christian sense but I’m not overly religious. I find a lot of church tradition has nothing to do with God or following Christ’s example. I’m not sure what I think of ‘fate’… it’s like asking what I think of chocolate. I think it’s good to keep a positive attitude and strive toward a set series of goals to accomplish whatever you’re setting out to do. I know some people that yell their wants to the wind and things somehow seem to work out for them, but I know they also work really hard at their craft. I think they’re just giving themselves positive reinforcements and have already set things in motion to achieve the things they have in mind. I should probably mention that my views are not necessarily the views of the other members, I’m just telling you my perspective.
– What are you thankful for?
I’m thankful for a lot of things really. I could write an essay on the subject. But as far as music goes, I’m thankful for a lot of the opportunities that the last couple of years have brought me. I’m getting more work as a producer and my e.p. ARRIVAL is getting an exclusive Beatport release Feb 12th on Convulsic Records. We’re also endorsed by Rude Boy Clothing and our track “OK Let’s Begin” from the e.p. is featured in the space shooter video game Zotrix by Ocean Media. I downloaded a working demo of it and it’s pretty cool. It’s like the 80’s arcade games like Galaga and Asteroids. Very retro but with an updated soundtrack to it. Our music is getting picked up for different opportunities and the momentum is building.
– Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I hope to continue developing as an artist and doing more with film and tv projects. Last year, my songs were featured in 4 films and 2 tv shows and several episodes. This year, there is talk about the e.p. being featured in a tv series and a film project so far so we’ll see what happens. But eventually I would love to create an entire soundtrack myself for an indie film project. I love more than one type of music and it’s really about the only way I could get away with doing something like that.
– What do you want most and how do you know it will make you happy?
What I want most is for me to be able to make a positive difference in people’s lives and get to the place where I can give back. There are some special causes that I would like to get involved with once I’m in a better place financially. Having others enjoy my creations means a lot to me, my music will continue to evolve and become more meaningful as I progress and get better at songwriting.
– Have you ever stepped back to look at the bigger picture of who you are and where you fit in this world?
I don’t think anyone every truly knows exactly where they fit in, I’ve always felt like the round peg in the square hole, so I think it’s best to stay humble and seek advice when you need it. You find things that bring you joy and try to find ways to make that part of your lifestyle. My dad told me once that I should never work somewhere just to have a job if it doesn’t bring any sort of fulfillment. It makes life dull and somewhat pointless, so find ways to do what you love and then you’ll never feel like it’s actual work.
– In your opinion what is the best way for someone to discover what they are good at and or what will make them happy?
That’s a great question. I think people just know it when they have that experience. I mean, for me, I was not a natural musician… I spent a long time developing my ‘talent’. But, I loved every moment of it so it made me happy. If you can spend long hours on something without realizing the time ticking by, you’re probably on the right track.
– How can your life become more rich? Express one idea you have that would make your life richer today.
Money. Seriously, being able to upgrade certain aspects of my life would make things much easier on me and my family. I won’t get into that, but with everything I’ve put into my art, it would be amazing to be able to ‘next level’ everything around me a bit.
– How do you handle conflict in your life?
I take medication for it. [laughs] Actually, I spent several years of my life as an active drug addict. I went from working 3 jobs to being homeless in just a few short years and lived as a criminal to support my habits. It was definitely a conflict of conscience that further escaladed my addictions; I was caught up in an endless cycle of sickness, the chase and then relief. It wasn’t until I landed in jail and was facing prison time when I really had to take responsibility for who I had become and what my future looked like. I lost some friends along the way to overdoses and prison. The odds were not in my favor. Fortunately for me, and this is where I believe God intervened, I was able to leave free and clear to start a new life in another state so I totally took advantage of that. I started going to a clinic and eventually a doctor that helped me get off dope for good. It wasn’t all smooth sailing and there were certainly stumbles involved, but once my head was clear again, I knew I could do just about anything if I really put effort into it. So I decided to focus that into creating.
– Do you feel that there is anything that prevents you from living up to your full potential?
Time is an issue I struggle with. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything I’ve set out to. So I’m doing this interview at 4am, for instance. But it’s better than not having anything to do. I see some of my neighbors who just spend their entire day sitting on their porches drinking beer and I think… what a waste, you know? Once in a while that’s alright, but every single day, that is their life… then I remember to an extent that was my life for a while too when I was on dope. It’s a little sad.
– What is your personal definition of success?
I used to think success was being on the cover of AP and having a million dollars in my bank account. Now I see it as a series of smaller victories, achieving goals from start to finish. Creating things that I love and being able to share it with others. Having a little money here and there from my creations and getting a good review. To me, those are the things that make it rewarding. But mostly, it’s knowing that I made art that I am proud of and like listening to. I don’t make music these days for anyone but me, after that it’s about getting it out and finding people that connect to it, hopefully in similar ways that I do. That’s success to me.
– Do you feel that you have limits to what you can do and achieve? Explain.
There are definitely some limitations based on where I live in Central Florida. It’s certainly not Los Angeles, so opportunities are 100% web based. But I’ve been doing remote work for a while now and am pretty used to it. I think it’s much easier to land work face to face though.
– What’s your favorite curse word?
Probably the F bomb. Because it’s practically meaningless as a word yet has so much power given to it.
– If heaven exists what’s the first thing you would like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Good job, you made it! Now grab a broom, you’re our new custodian. Lol…actually I hope they have guitars up there. Self-tuning guitars would be perfect.