What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?
Getting my friends over to play on the record was the best part. I write alone most of the time and that tends to be a pretty solitary and sometimes lonely process. I love when things start to take shape during recording. A lot of times, the songs end up in a completely different place than initially expected. I’m fortunate to have a group of guys that I’m on the same page with and trust to give the tunes what they need.
If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?
I would check out “Good Love” (the title and lead off track). The record, as a whole, is kinda fun and loose. I think this track sets the tone for things to come and represents how I was feeling during the writing and recording of the album. Sometimes I like to tone things down and get serious, but this time around, it was nice to just cut loose a bit.
The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?
It’s hard to say as I try not to think about the big machine much. I know that the state of the industry made me much more open to trying new things, musically. If someone would ask me to do something, I’d give it a shot. This led to me doing the score for a Willie Nelson and Harry Connick Jr movie called “Angels Sing” a couple years back. Also, I’m always trying to get better at my recording, mixing, and producing skills as I don’t really have the budget to hire anyone else. The main thing I’ve realized over the years is that there isn’t one distinct path to being successful. It’s kinda the wild west out there. In some ways that’s frustrating, in others liberating.
Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?
I think Anna Calvi is an amazing artist. I realize she’s relatively known, but think she will be a household name in the near future.
She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixtape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?
Ok, here we go..
The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year
Anna Calvi – Desire
The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Sister Surround
Wilco & Billy Bragg – California Stars
Nick Lowe – I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass
What’s up for the next couple of months?
Next few months will be spent spreading the good word on the record. Have some duo shows in the works with my buddy Dan Wistrom and will hopefully get a full band gig or two in as well. Will continue to write in prep for the next record so hopefully things will have taken shape by the end of summer. Heading to Spain in June for vacation so I’m much looking forward to that!
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