How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I start with an idea, then try to develop a basic outline for how I want to progress from beginning to end.
I really appreciate metaphor, so I’m always looking for an interesting and different way to describe something. I typically begin with the first verse and a melody and work from there.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
I’ve been writing a lot recently, and I’ve been very proud of some of the verses I’ve come up with!
I don’t want to give away too much in case anything comes of the new songs. Both “Painted Eagle” and my first single, “Monochrome Town,” have some really cool turns of phrase and verse structures, however, I did have some help writing them, so I can’t take all the credit.
And the one of your favorite song (not written by you)?
I love the first verse of “Liability” by Lorde. I’m continuously amazed by her analogies and seamless transitions from concept to concept.
I especially like how she baits the audience into paying close attention with the line “I guess I’ll go home to the girl that I love…” only to moments later reveal that it’s her, “One girl swaying alone, stroking her cheek.” It’s beautiful and heartbreaking.
Can you tell us more about the song “Monochrome Town”
“Monochrome Town,” is less about a physical place and more about the emotional state I was in at the time of writing it.
I’ve struggled with depression for most of my life, and this song is about trying to break free and overcome that.
To escape the “Monochrome Town”.
Are you working on new material?
I am. I’ve been writing often, and am currently working on a collaboration with a friend of mine.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Painted Eagle”?
I don’t remember the day as much as I remember the process.
I’d had the idea for a long time, and was really excited to put it to music. The song came together quickly and I was happy with how it turned out.
I’m very perfectionistic when it comes to my own work, which can make me very hard to please at times.
However, with “Painted Eagle” I didn’t have to fight back any of the doubts that usually hit me.
What does music means to you?
Music and singing are integral parts to how I define myself. They are constants in my life, staying relevant even as so many other aspects of who I am change.
Being able to rely on music as something that will always be there to help me when I’m down or having a lapse in creativity, has had a significant impact on my life.
I find refuge in artistic expression, it allows me to show what I’m thinking or feeling through a medium more sincere and honest than any other.
What makes you happy in life?
All kinds of things! Some of the most prominent loves in my life are my family, friends, and art.
The people around me are all very kind, caring, and selfless, I owe so much to them. I’ve been a illustrator for years.
Creating things, images, sculpture, stories, video, is something I really enjoy. As far as little things go, I just got a puppy, she’s great, super high energy and sweet. I enjoy fitness, staying healthy and improving myself.
Achieving goals, and learning new things about myself and the world, is also something near and dear to me.
To round out my answer, a few activities that make me happy include: driving, watching movies, reading, writing, hiking, and of course, spending time with good people.