Kickstarting his career


Growing up in Maple Lake, Matt Wagner pretended to be a rock star with his brothers and cousins. Now he's pursuing a career in pop folk music under the name of James Warren.
His plan is to put out a five-song EP in the Nashville studio of Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta with Pillar guitarist Noah Henson as producer.
In order to reach that goal, Warren is turning to, where fans can pledge to support his project. A total of $15,050 must be pledged by Jan. 5, 2014, in order for the project to be funded. 
"People are pledging and we'll involve everyone in the experience with the rewards they get," Warren said. "It's not every day that someone from small town Minnesota goes to Nashville. We want to take them on the journey. We'll be blogging and posting videos and show what it's like to make a record in Nashville with some pretty cool rock stars."
While Warren now plays guitar, his roots are in percussion. He participated in school band, jazz band, marching band and the Dassel-Cokato drum line in high school. 
That's when he met drummer Tony Mazzone, who was the Maple Lake band director in Warren's final year. Warren went on to teach percussion at Dassel-Cokato, where he met guitarist and bassist Tony Sylverss.
Both Mazzone and Sylverss will be a part of Warren's EP.
In fact, Mazzone's connections made the album possible in the first place.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.


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