With success came a strong sense of discouragement with the music he was making and the future of his career. Ian chose to take a break from music and attend Indiana University, triple-majoring in business. In 2016, he graduated and took his shot at the American Dream with a position in Anheuser-Busch's’ Global Management Program.
‘My Friends Are Robots’ is an ode to the lack of creativity and self-expression Ian experienced while working in corporate America.
“Working in corporate America was a struggle for me,” Ian noted. “I found myself waking up every day feeling like a prisoner; I started writing music again as an outlet to express my frustrations.”
“Eight months into the job I got offered a raise and promotion where I would have to work 60+ hours a week. I decided to quit and move to the small town of Chestnut Ridge, New York to be closer to my family and pursue my music career."
Ian considers himself part of a “new alternative” class, and notes Kid Cudi and The Red-Hot Chili Peppers as two of his major influences.