How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Keeping things simple and the arrangements easy to understand. Lyrically it’s about explaining something so clearly that even a young child can understand what you’re talking about and expressing. More recently for me it’s about not always hiding behind metaphors or being super artsy lyrically but just being plain honest as possible and completely open. If I’m singing about something I’m going or went through that I think a lot of other people go through I want to take a risk to say it very clear so people feel understood and sometimes that can be vulnerable – not every song I write is about love & happiness but if it’s about something that’s a heavy or dark subject giving the listener relief or hope some where in the song in a positive way is something really important to me that I always try & do.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Yes, absolutely – it used to be so terrifying for me but I’ve really pushed myself and tried to take risks and to not being so precious with my songs…co writing and working with Bands in the Studio helped this a lot (I’m an engineer/producer too). It also really helped me when I started touring a lot solo because I was forced to sit with myself and everything I had been through, trying to process my past and get myself present and put myself out there in ways I was uncomfortable. I feel way more open and into taking risks because I feel it’s worth it and could help someone. I might say something in a song and someone could hear it and it could change there life in a positive way so they can be themselves or go for a risk too to change life. So because of that I’ll do what I can to be as honest and open as possible.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
What inspired “Outswimming Sharks”, your latest single?
A lot of different feelings. Lyrically and musically this is one of my heaviest and darkest songs. It’s trying to capture the feeling about the ugly side of business, life and poverty but finding a light. I have felt scared to talk / acknowledge the feeling of being drained by other people or how people want something from others – I wanted to show that feeling of pulling on energy at times and put the feeling in a song without of the dark there’s no light. Lyrically I definitely had a few moments that inspired this song where seeing the way some people choose to live is absolutely heart wrenching. Complete poverty and I have felt it and seen it on the road when I didn’t have a home for a few years.
- Define in one word your latest EP: Shine.
- The best show you ever played: Opening up for Alkaline Trio solo at the Troubadour in LA and opening up for Uh Huh Her with my old band Diamonds Under Fire at Le National in Montreal Canada.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Sparkling Water.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: “Nevermind” by Nirvana.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “Imagine” by John Lennon.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Haha don’t ask me I don’t know I’m figuring this one out.