How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Other than forcing myself to write something everyday, I have no rules. Sometimes, I’m actually sitting at the piano writing into a notebook. More often though, inspiration hits at an awkward time and I just record the ideas into my phone. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and leave my bed to finish it. I’ll pull over while driving to make sure I record a melody. Now that I think of it I spend a lot of time writing in bathrooms.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I think its important for writing to be themselves, write consistently, get feedback on songs and focus on growth and improvement
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Not at all. I’m so grateful to have music as an outlet for both good and not so good things that have happened to me. If I can get a complete stranger to relate and enjoy a song, I count that as a win.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“Fear, I know you want to keep me safe.” In my upcoming single, “Feared,” I personify my fear and have a fun conversation with her.
What inspired “Break Me Down,” your latest single?
I was in a time of my career where lots of true colors were revealed at the same time and none of them were pretty. I felt like I couldn’t trust anyone and the walls were closing in, haha. I realized that the negativity might not stop so I’d need to change how I let it affect me. I forgave a bunch of people who never said sorry and wrote this song.
I wrote Diamonds after realizing that I had three things. Really lofty goals, a very slim chance of success, and a fire that refuses to be extinguished. The song is about continuing the work, even when you have more reasons to quit than move forward.
What are your plans for 2019?
I plan on more releases, touring, and I’m excited to share some visual content that I’ve been working on.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your song “Break Me Down”: Perseverance.
- The best show you ever played: Drummer Boy at Grace Church (STL)— in my youth.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water, honey.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Purple Rain – Prince.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: As – Stevie Wonder.