How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Either Luke sends me music, and I write lyrics inspired by the vibe, or I write in a notebook. Always about things going on in my life. I’ve been writing lyrics every day for about 25 years.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
To keep it simple.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Yes, there are times when writing exactly how I feel could embarrass someone, or hurt people feelings. While I think it’s important to be brutally honest in art, I also think it’s okay to word things ambiguously or keep some specific personal details to your self.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
That’s an impossible question since I’ve written so many songs that are very personal and mean a lot to me. One line that I love is from the song “Always”. “Always is a word that I never say, but I feel like feel like feel like trying”.
What inspired your new song “Touch”?
Touch” is the product of being in a good relationship. Truly a literal love song. “When you touch my body there’s nobody that can touch this love”. I hope everyone experiences that kind of passion at some point and can relate to finding real happiness in merely touching, or being touched, by another person.
“Change” is about falling in love with the way someone is at a specific moment in time, and hoping that they won’t ever change.
In many cases people are multi dimensional and are the products of their past, in both positive and negative ways. There is nothing worse than the fear of falling in love with a version of someone that won’t last.
The song asks “Is having a change of heart a real thing?” We all experience changing our minds, but maybe the heart knows exactly what it wants all along and we just have to let it win.
When your new EP will be released?
In the Fall.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Find Yourself”?
Absolutely, but it was over the course of a week in LA with the guys in Before You Exit.
We were staying at their house, and wrote this like any other song, but we knew right away that it was something very special.
What was the best moment of your career? And the most difficult one?
There have been so many great moments, and so many difficult ones. The life of an artist is a rollercoaster. Seeing so many fans at shows who really “get it” is a constant great moment.
What are your plans for 2018?
Release more music and content and tour!
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your sound/music: Dynamic
- The best show you ever played: Wow, tough one, Thalia Hall Chicago 2017.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water
- The soundtrack of your childhood: James Taylor – greatest hits
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Happy wife (or girlfriend/boyfriend), happy life.