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How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?

Pen and paper.


In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?

The most important aspect to songwriting for me is maintaining a sense of individual identity while leaving yourself vulnerable enough to connect with others. I believe that it takes mystery to be an interesting songwriter, sometimes that shows up as metaphors and sometimes it shows up as blatantly obvious statements.


Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?

Yeah, of course. Being open has definitely killed more than one artist, literally and figuratively. The internet age is alive and well and it’s boiling over with insecurity. People project their own problems onto you, so if you are already in the act of being vulnerable, those problems can access you more easily.


What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?

I don’t know about favorites, but the first ones that come to mind are from our song “Internet”.
I wasn’t thinking of paying attention
Just set my feet down and started running
Kept to myself most of the time
All the while I thought of nothing next to nothing next to nothing
I think about that a lot, just going through the grind trying to keep up with the present and future at the same time.


What inspired “Fishbelly 86 Onions”, part of your latest album ATW to be released by the end of September?

“Fishbelly” reminds me of late night mischief, being somewhere you aren’t necessarily supposed to be, doing something you aren’t necessarily supposed to be doing. Letting our minds wander/wonder to extremes, and filling voids in our lives with material wealth.

And “Workhorse”?

“Workhorse” is the give and take of touring. Get somewhere as fast as possible only to sit around and wait for hours, never getting exactly what your human frame requires whether it be food or sleep or mental stability. Your mind turns out lopsided and soggy when you grow up in a van, and I think that is why musicians are equal parts lazy and hard working. I just end up staring out the window for hours in silence thinking about my life hahaha.


Do you remember the day you wrote “HTJC”?

Yes I do, it was a Tuesday.


What was the best moment of your career? And the most difficult one?

The best and worst moments of being a musician is the same moment, and that’s when I realized that this is what I’m going to be doing for awhile. No other options.


What are your plans for 2018?

Plans for 2018 are the same as they have been for a few years, tour, record, tour, record, tour, record, die.


To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:

  • Define in one word your album “ATW”: TWB (typical witches behavior).
  • The best show you ever played: Best show was probably in a basement somewhere as a kid, sweating my face off.
  • The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water.
  • The soundtrack of your childhood: Soundtrack of my childhood is maybe John Lee Hooker, ZZ Top, Leadbelly, and Allman Brothers plus about 5000 more bands.
  • Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Honesty is the best policy by far.
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