How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I think it depends. Sometimes I’ll start with an idea or a couple lines but most often I start with production and mumble things phonetically then build from there. My songs end up teaching me what I’m truly feeling when I listen back. If I’m very emotional or have a lot to work through mentally I’ll also sit down with a guitar and just start singing and knock out lyrics very quickly because I’ve got so much to get off my my chest.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
For me its taking a feeling or the pit in your stomach and sonically and lyrically encapsulating that into a song. Like putting all your worries or hurt into a room or a space that other people can walk into and either understand or relate to.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
I’ll be the best friend you never call
I’m only crying cause you’re not at all
Hope I’m the northwestern rainy day
Cause your the goodbye that never went away.
I wrote this song in 30 minutes after someone I was dating broke up with me then moved away and literally never said a single word to me again. I think this encapsulates everything I was trying to say.
What inspired “Bad Feeling”?
I wrote ‘Bad Feeling‘ about an on and off again relationship that I’ve been in for a very long time. I actually wrote the song a couple years ago then revisited it and we ended up with what it is now.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Leave It Now”?
I remember that a production idea popped into my head and I sat with the bass tone for way too long trying to get the bass and drums feeling right. I think this one really started with a grove idea I had in my head that I desperately needed to get into a session so I drove Home as fast as I could and started laying it down.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album? When it will be released?
We really tried to make this record feel like a live set with ups and downs throughout. I’ve also always had the concept of “the in-between” which is basically a world in which the visuals and sonics of “LAYNE” live and I really wanted this record to re-inforce that space to the kids who know what it is.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Have a drink.
What are your plans for 2019?
To continue to release the songs and get back out on the road.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- The best show you ever played: The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Whisky.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Blink 182, Death Cab, Paramore, and Tegan and Sara.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: Smoke Signals – Pheobe Bridgers.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: You should be your ground floor. The person you’re with should only be a positive addition. You’ll know who you really love when you’re only motive is to be with them because you want to. Not because they are feeding your confidence or filling a void.