8-year-old Doug Rausch contemplated quitting piano. Instead, he found his passion. 21,900 practice hours later, a new artist emerges with a unique yet compellingly accessible sound - and an ALBUM painstakingly conceived, over an excessively prolonged period of monogamy between Music and Creator.

Artistic expression and commercial appeal are typically assumed to be so diametrically opposed, the idea of cross-pollination occurs seldom at best. Yet RAUSCH chases the Grand Vision with intense precision, while coloring outside the lines of music with a natural ease. Many diverse worlds collide to create the recipe of RAUSCH, a rendezvous for intellectual thought and bleeding heart alike.

How do you describe your music to people?
My least favorite question, albeit a fair one. It's difficult to cram 300 years of music history into a bottle, shake it all around, and still come up with something that evolves it all forward... but that is what I strive for. Artistic substance in a commercial vehicle. That which redefines "commercially viable." Or, as someone once put it, "Queen on steroids..."

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I was born! [laughs]

I always say, I am NOT a "project." I am ME! From a very early age, I understood why I was put here, and ever since, I have been doing my best to stay true to that path. Music is life, and I would not have it any other way.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
To perform music. Although "to eat" gives it a run for its money...

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Finding the 25th hour in a day. I would pay good money for he (or she!) who could invent such a thing...

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A musician

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
My community showed me everything I did not want to be. Shallow beings who take everything for granted. It taught me that people are sheep and everyone tends to follow the herd. It is difficult being the "oddball" but from it all I gained strength, identity, and proud quirkiness!

What other artists out there do you love?
Porcupine Tree. Queen. Dream Theater. Muse. Shadow Gallery. Kamelot. And there will always be a special place in my heart for Bon Jovi. They are the reason I got into piano - and thus music - in the first place, and the reason I am here.

What does your future hold?
the saving of music history.