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How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?

I think about what I want to get across, and how I might say it verbally.
Then I write down a bunch of lines and narrow it down to the ones that I like most.


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

Stepping out of the box. You can write about love a million different ways. How can you write about it in a way that is fresh and unique and real at the same time? This is one of the questions I ask myself when writing.


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

I wouldn’t say that I am scared with this. I think it is important to be real whether it is a flaw or a strength that is in front of you. Real people have issues too, so if I just talk about how perfect everything is, then I’m just making people feel like their life is worse then mine and that can make people feel hopeless. I want my music to give people hope if anything.


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

This is a bit too hard of a question to answer, but some lyrics that I wrote that mean something to me would be these:
For every child with a broken home,
For every kid who’s all alone
For every smile turned to frown
For every word that brought them down
There’s got to be an answer,
There’s got to be some who care
You see they need saving,
You see they need a friend.”
I have seen this song impact people in a positive way and that impacted me. It’s fun to talk about getting lit and partying and females, but my hope is to one day inspire real positive change. Child abuse advocacy is one of the ways I’d like to do that.


What inspired your latest song “Hush” ?

When Kubla played me the track I immediately got that ‘Netflix and Chill’ feel, and started to vibe on it.

And “If It Ain’t Me”?

If It Ain’t Me” was originally written to pitch to another artist. Then we decided to just put it out. One of the best decisions we’ve made!


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

Best moment would be getting all of the love after If It Ain’t Me came out. Being hit up by Columbia Records and Universal was crazy after the first release from a no name artist with no social media presence. All the people who showed love. It was great.
Most difficult would be all the time I wasted thinking I wasn’t good enough and seeking an unrealistic perfection in my music.


What are your plans for 2018?

Release more music. Enjoy the process.


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

  • Define in one word your new song “Hush”: Vocals.
  • The best show you ever played: American Idol.
  • The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Good vibes.
  • The soundtrack of your childhood: AC/DC (my dads fav band).
  • Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Loved you when the fire was red, now it’s turning blue” – Ryan Tedder.
  • Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Be the first to put in the things you want to get out of it.
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