How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
There’s typically 1 or 2 ways I start writing. What seems to be my M.O. is building a visual of a story I’d like to tell. I typically see songs play out as a scene from a movie or a sitcom and then write based upon how I see that scene playing out. The second common way I write is based upon the mood I go into from the music. The vibe that it gives me. Where I see myself when I close my eyes and listen to the music playing. Most often both are fantasy. But if the lyrics came before the music, it’s typically from a place inside my reality.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
The vibe of the people working on the art together. Trust needs to be established so that walls can be broken down.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Yes. Who isn’t?
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“Fe Fi Oh Mana, Oops there it goes. There goes my banana.”
What inspired “Summertime Treat”, part of your latest album Tasty Nasty?
Vanilla Ice. Belle Isle in Detroit, MI.
And “My Hustle”?
My family. And the mentality we have ingrained in us just to get by… And the movie Hustle & Flow.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Everyone Gets A Round On Me”?
Yes. It was a great day. I just left my childhood home, where I was visiting family. We were sharing stories. And I just had to tell one of them to someone. So I told it in song.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the album?
Yes. >>>>> Everything is common to when you link it to a theme.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
“With a package like that, don’t be afraid to let them see you in your birthday suit.”
What are your plans for 2019?
To continue to smile with others as often as possible.
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 “Tasty Nasty”: Depth.
- The best show you ever played: Shiprocked Cruise 2013.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: A mirror (see Like A Baller).
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Nirvana, The Toadies, Sleater Kinney, Beck, Beastie Boys, Bloodhound Gang and Limp Bizkit.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Possum Kingdom x The Toadies.