Temporary Hero – Thirsty
ARTIST NAME: Temporary Hero
SONG TITLE: Thirsty
ALBUM TITLE: Quench
RELEASE DATE: 22nd February 2019
GENRE: Indie Pop
Over the course of his ten-year career, TEMPORARY HERO has continued to craft a diverse soundscape without typical genre-restrictive boundaries.
With the blending of genres, the beats of contemporary pop and electronic music, and the prowess of an artist reaching for new levels in every creative endeavor, Temporary Hero is an artist’s artist.
Starting out making underground club records like Ballet remixed by legendary Andre Lodemann, the artist pushed his craft into contemporary dance music territory after forging his way into the top 20 Billboard club chart with WILDJOY featuring Jason Walker.
A personal and career highlight came in the form of an offbeat single I WANT 2 FALL IN LUV WITH A HUMAN which was remixed by legendary producers Mac Quayle, Chus & Ceballos among others filling dance floors worldwide.
The artist worked directly with Mac Quayle and Manifest Films to produce a short film based upon that song called ‘528’ which premiered in the Hollywood Shot on Red competition and has since made international rounds in short film festivals.
From there he visited a cross-genre platform focusing on current and futuristic pop music with his first full LP “Sunset People” featuring the MTV hit “Circus.”
The pop and dance circuit is just the tip of the iceberg for this artist, however. He has covered Sinatra and Bing, Chet Baker, and then covered 1/2 of Fleetwood Mac’s polarizing TUSK album to critical acclaim.
The journey continued with a solid string of albums “you’re about to have your hands full” which he described as his “Ray of Light” featuring the number one hit I’m So Insane to the album Goodbye Warhol which explored a more rock/pop sound.
Following those albums, the artist released a steady stream of new albums (check out the single I’m Diggin’ You (Too) for a breath of singer-songwriter fresh air).
In 2017 the artist experienced a life-changing tragedy and relocated to St. Croix USVI and turned that pain and change into his most directly personal album INDIGO.
The rebirth trajectory culminated with last year WHAT YOU WANTED expanding on those themes started in INDIGO but dressed in a new organic-electronic sound, his most diverse and exquisite album to date.
Discuss your music career.
My career has never been a “career” by design. I love music. LOVE it. Love the whole process from writing, producing, cover art, videos, etc.
About 15 years ago I had a recording deal with a US label and released three singles that had iTunes popularity but pigeonholed me into this novelty pop / electronic genre. When the label asked me for another “happy song” after rejecting a song that I felt was more expressive of who I am, I released the single on my own as “Temporary Hero”… a tongue in cheek moniker paying ode to one of my favorite artists (Pat Benatar) as well as the idea that I was a “temporary hero” for that label until I did something they didn’t like.
They threatened to sue me for releasing the track on my own but all in all, I was not in violation of the contract (they thought I was a fame-seeking naive guy who would quiver).
And from there, I started doing what I wanted. This is not my primary walk of life, you see… I do many things in my life and MUSIC is a true passion for me and a form of joy, expression, catharsis.
So when I get a feeling I write and off I go. So I don’t have a label telling me what to do… I do what I want how I want. And I collaborate with other musicians to make the expression the ultimate it can be.
And from Temporary Hero, I have had the major satisfaction of being able to write and produce with other acts… Flaunt, Agency, The Cautious Arc, and Idyll… all different genres that allow me to write jazz, country, dance, soul/hip-hop. Music is so freeing for me.
List the names of your biggest supporters.
I have had fans from all over the world reach out to me telling me stories about how the music has inspired them, moved them, and grooved them. THOSE are my biggest supporters.
Sure, I could name drop a couple of “celebrities” but why do I need to do that? Anyone that listens and connects with the music is “my celebrity”!
Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.
Life. It’s ups and downs. More downs have inspired my last 2 years of music to be honest.
Personal tragedies. And the horrible social-political climate.
Discuss your experience as an artist.
As an artist, I really think I am manic! Seriously! I get an idea from a word on the page, a color in a flower, a picture I see, the news… and I HAVE TO MAKE IT A SONG. I can’t rest until I get something on paper, on keys, or a beat… and then just flesh it out. That’s my experience personally as an artist.
As a public figure, I was a pretty private figure until I started expressing more of my personality online… mainly via Instagram, which has been the best way to connect with fans.
Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
I don’t think I have made any big mistakes. I laugh (and cringe) when I hear that first single I released because I say, “what was I thinking?” but if I hadn’t done that I wouldn’t be doing what I’ve done now.
Discuss the story behind the song.
THIRSTY was the start of the QUENCH album. After the “What You Wanted” album, which really had been my most cohesive and experimental album to date, I wanted to really make a BIG POP record.
I pay a lot of attention to lyrics. I pay a lot of attention to the overall SOUND of an album… albums are less and less interesting to the general public these days given the streaming culture and the seemingly ADHD type of listening that happens. Unless you are a big-name artist, albums sort of getting ignored. But I still like to think in terms of the album as a whole project… it gives a framework within which to write and … because I love to experiment outside of genre boundaries, it gives me a certain vibe to explore and thread the album together.
I can say with this album QUENCH I kept that in mind in total. I really feel all of these songs could be standalone singles if such a thirst existed for Temporary Hero songs! So actually I am releasing many of the songs as singles either before or after the release to spotlight them individually (including dance remixes of some).
Back to THIRSTY… I wanted to start the album off with a bang… heavy synths, beats, and a horn section. I was thinking of PERSONAL JESUS, to be honest with the overall sound… that stomping sound. And I wanted the song to be a bit fun and sexy… something I didn’t really do before. And actually, it was THIRSTY that led me to title the album QUENCH…
Tell us how to fund a music project.
I don’t ever get funding from anyone. I self-fund all my projects. I have a hard time asking people to give me money to do something I love.
Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during shows and live performances.
I don’t do shows but I fear for the safety of fans. I am actually a bit fearful when I am in any theater/concert/movie.
Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.
Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.
I am going to strive to keep experimenting with new sounds, instruments, styles of writing.
I’ve done a jazz-influenced record, covers, Sinatra! Fleetwood Mac!!! … Next up is just a fun “country-infused pop” album…
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About the Album “QUENCH”
As the proper follow-up album to the album What You Wanted which broadened and sharpened the artist’s lyrics and genre-bending sounds, QUENCH takes a bold risk incorporating more contemporary synth-based sounds yet sticks to traditional songwriting structures. And this album really shines.
This music is both autobiographical and metaphorical. As the artist says, “QUENCH is the album I felt destined to make. It took all these years to get to the point of saying what I want – not hiding – and also not being ashamed of who I am, what makes me tick, what makes me angry or scared, or what excites me. What quenches my thirst for life.
The album deals with hopes, strength, craving affection, love, breakups.
Champion was written for my son.
Slippery deals with the death of my brother from substance abuse and realizing I need to grab life and go for whatever my heart desires.
Do This Now! imagines a conversation between a black guy and a white guy, presumably friends, about trying to understand each other and the racism that is so prevalent in society.
Fire In The Water was inspired and written in St. Croix USVI (a return to the sounds of INDIGO).
Finally, I included two covers, Suspicions by Eddie Rabbitt and No One Is To Blame by Howard Jones just because I love the tunes.”
Billboard USA Club Chart 2015, Top 20: WILDJOY feat. Jason Walker
Number one on Kings of Spins with numerous tracks
MTV The Freshman music video WINNER, 2015: “Circus”
Critical acclaim for covers albums TUSK and CHET.
Praise from the Chet Baker Foundation for album CHET.
Executive produced and provided music for the short film “528” featuring the single “I Want To Fall In Luv With A Human” and scored by Grammy and Emmy nominated producer/musician Mac Quayle (“Drive”, “American Horror Story”).
Discuss your best mood during a performance.
List your best artists with reasons.
Stevie Wonder: the breadth of his output is amazing.
Pat Benatar: love all her work from start to finish… an artist who defied the odds and still is doing what she and her band/husband love.
Fleetwood Mac: need I say more?
Discuss your existence as an artist.
I exist to be myself, express myself, create, and share my thoughts with the world.
Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing society and the solution.
Solution: Vote bad leader out of office.
Racism: If I had a solution I would be president. It’s very difficult. I have a song on QUENCH called Do This Now! – Which I wrote imagining two people of different races having a discussion. I find it to be one of the most powerful lyrics I’ve written.
Discuss your songwriting and recording.
I write what inspires me. Then I just go to the studio and start … I have sounds ideas in my head and I just go with the flow!
State the title of the song and the meaning.
THIRSTY: thirsty for life, love… it’s a bit of a lustful song too.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
QUENCH: I am looking to “quench” my thirst for life… all the various ways we express ourselves as humans.
The water theme pops up a couple of times (Fire In The Water… and Wash Me (Off) are two examples).
Wash Me (Off) is the second single and it is not about what you think… It is written from the perspective of the USA Flag… asking to be cleansed after the filth the “leader” of the country has soiled it with.