How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I usually come up with a concept or a character first and then from there I try to create a story that is interesting. Or sometimes it’s basically just a journal entry of my feelings and emotions but generally I do enjoy more narrative based song writing.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in signwriting?
I think the most important thing is to be clear about what you’re trying to say which is not always easy, sometimes I feel like I’m being too obvious with lyrics but I generally find these are the winners.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I used to be a lot… for a while I only wrote fiction in my songs, obviously it was more than loosely based around my own life but I felt like it was safer to hide behind characters. In the last couple of years I have definitely felt more comfortable to stand in my own skin and be myself when it comes to writing songs.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
Sobriety, Monotone, stuck between two philosophies
A broken child with a silver spoon, an adult now yet still confused.
Faith or structure, accept or wonder, fuel or solar, skits or bi-polar
Feeding on an anchor, wrapped in barbed wire.
I never ended up using the song that I wrote these lines for but I have always been pretty chuffed by them as I feel I really accurately depicted the place I was in at the time.
What inspired “Today I’m Staying Home”, your latest single?
‘Today I’m Staying Home’ was inspired by feeling like I just didn’t want to deal with anything at a particular point in time and I just wanted to hibernate until I felt strong enough again.
What is the best suggestion a producer gave you?
Tell the truth.
What are your plans for 2019?
Record more music, tour more, and get better at Piano.
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 “Today I’m staying home”: Melancholic.
- The best show you ever played: Newtown Social Club, opening for Kevin Devine.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Good Company.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Lennon.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: The Drones – We Don’t Write Letters Anymore.