Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.
I think the most important thing to developing my sound is the people I get to work with every day. Because I write with different writers and producers every day I get to train my ear to what I like and don’t like which gives me a better grasp of everything that’s out there and then being able to dive into my own sounds, drawing inspirations but also trying new things.
Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.
I’ve been really against it. I’ve always seen myself as an artist that wants to speak more than a single song by building a cohesive album and the new model of release structures is not as conducive to that. However, as time has gone on, I’ve come to count myself lucky through it. A lot of people would say listeners care less but I think they care more about songs and the new model for release and to grow as artists, we need to make our songs great while letting us have our trial and error as we grow.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
I’ll be pretty koi and say I don’t have much. I’ve been self-taught on guitar and piano up until now and know a bit of theory to get me by. My family has lots of Von Trapp in our system, all of my direct family sing and can play an instrument, so I was always surrounded by music. Growing up I was a bit of a sore thumb and really wanted to follow in my brother and sister’s footsteps. Music became the one thing I really loved and when I moved to Nashville I knew a career in songwriting and growing as an artist was the only thing that was going to make me happy in life.
Tell us how you see yourself in the coming time as a musician.
I’d love to be working writing with other developing artists than myself in the near future. While I love my songs and I want to share them more than anything it’s my dream to help other people be heard and find their sound as well, or to be asked into a room with a successful artist to help find a new life in a new direction. Other than that I’m eager to get on the road and tour the music I’ve been working on myself. The stories I tell are personal ones and the best way to tell them is in person, so I hope to grow a fan base that wants to hear those.
Tell us five current artists that are your favorite presently.
Justin Timberlake (I love the album, judge me…)
Troye Sivan (love the new singles coming out)
King Princess (her new song 1950 is insane!!!)
Julia Michaels (absolute force)
Marc E Bassy (I can’t stop listening to Gossip Columns).
Tell us your dream and hope for the future.
Never going back to serving tables… In all actuality, I’d love to be able to do a successful world tour (if a wife and kids could come along comfortably then that’d be saying something to the success level) and to become a well-established songwriter.
Tell us the challenges you think independent artists are facing and how they can be tackled.
I think more than ever you have to understand and know how to run yourself like a business. To be clear, I’m not saying to write songs like a machine or to take the spirit out of the music but to be heard you have to stand out, and to stand out you have to be smart. I’m insanely lucky that the people I’m surrounded by, push me to work harder and teach me something every day but at the end of the day, I have to be able to step up and make a call on something and accept whether or not it works. I’d say music is more visual than ever so being a brand/having an image is almost as important as what you’re saying. Longevity. This kind of wraps around to what you asked about the frequent release of songs, can you continuously release music that people want to hear and know is you?
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Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.
I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else. Nothing compares to the feeling of hearing people sing your songs back to you, or someone messaging you saying they love the song and can relate to the story. I grew up realizing I felt a certain way because a song said it better than I could figure my own self out and I want to hopefully be that voice to someone else going through something.
Elaborate on the story behind the song.
I wrote “In Between” a month or two after “Slipping” in the same room actually. I came to the realization that I wasn’t in as dark of a place as when I wrote that song but I still wasn’t acting like myself.
Making bad decisions while having a clear understanding that I was making them. And also missing the idea of being with someone more than the actual person I was no longer with. I think I tried to write that song in a couple different rooms and it didn’t come across. The original writing/production room and I sat on the song for a long time and it kept rising to the top of songs I knew needed to release but the overall sound of the song wasn’t there. So I went back in with Dan Muckala and Kipp Williams to reproduce the track and the original melodies came to life over top as well as the storyline shining through. People have called my music dance cry before and I’d like to think it’s pretty spot on. I’m probably still being caught in between who I am and who I used to be but definitely in a more healthy and happy way than ever.