How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Lyrics are typically the last thing I write. I’m a melody writer, I find what fits melodically and then I let the song guide me as to where the lyrics come in. I never know what I’m going to write about, it just happens.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I think the melody is priority. Being able to grab onto something so memorable and pleasing will always be what sells me on a song.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Absolutely not. I’ve always been extremely transparent when it comes to writing songs. That’s my way of dealing with life, struggles, victories, etc.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
That’s a difficult question, I’ve written a lot in my life and I think choosing just one above all is impossible. I think right now for me the scale of Peach Club really speaks to me. Ultimately for that record I’d have to say, “Time keeps slipping away but I remember what it’s like to be good”, really summarizes that album for me.
What inspired “Get Back Up”, part of your latest album “Peach Club”?
I wrote that song for my mother, the woman is the strongest I’ve ever seen, and I’ve always wanted to write something for her and thank her for how she raised me.
And “Hell of It”?
This was the second song written with producer Courtney Ballard. We were trying something different than what we did before (Don’t Cry) and wanted to capture a little more attitude. I think we did that and for me the song is more so explaining why Emarosa has changed the way we have and my relationship with the people that didn’t like it.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Don’t Cry”?
I do, it was the first song I wrote with Courtney Ballard and I knew in the middle of it that we were going to have him do the album. No brainer, it’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
There is and there isn’t. I think lyrically and conceptually there is a cohesiveness. It’s about being the villain, being the one who hurts. Trying to be better. Sonically we didn’t want it to be as cohesive as 131. We wanted songs to stand on their own and stretch across a few different genres.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
What are your plans for 2019?
We plan to take over the world.
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 “Peach Club”: Incendiary.
- The best show you ever played: That’s tough. Probably our 2018 Lexington KY show.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water, we’re pretty simple backstage.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Michael Jackson.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and then make a change.”
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Be honest, be yourself.