What inspires your songwriting?
Writing songs is always interesting for me, I really never know when inspiration will strike. Sometimes I get inspired by an interesting lyric I hear from a song and create a song off how I interpreted that lyric or sometimes right when I’m trying to go to an idea will pop into my head. I remember the first song I wrote was at a super random time, I was in the grocery store with my family and I had an idea for a song so I just started typing it down on my phone. I can never predict when inspiration will find me, but when it does I’ll find an instrument or start writing before the idea escapes me.
How were you able to hone in on your own distinct style?
Somehow my songs always end up having a lot of ‘7’ chords, so I guess I like to incorporate jazz chords as the start of whatever song I’m writing, but I think it’s the music that I listen to that rubs off on me stylistically. Listening to Artists like Andy Grammer, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer has really shaped my sound to what it is. I do think that my recently released EP, High Off of Love, is a little random in terms of what style every song is, but as I’m writing songs for my next release I’m still trying to find my own unique sound that is something new and refreshing. I think that’s something that can take some time for artists to figure out, so for now I’ll stick with this Jazzy-Pop feel I have going on now and see where that takes me.
If you get collaborate with any musician (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
This is always a tough question to answer. I think I’ll have to go with Jason Mraz on this one. He has amazing skill both on instruments and vocally and he also got his start from my hometown of San Diego. It would be quite an experience to collaborate with him and find out how he got to where he is today.
What are you looking forward to in 2014?
I’m looking forward to the unexpected. With the new EP, I finally have something people can listen to, which they like; so now it’s just a matter of what can I do to get me to the next level. Playing shows is something that I always look forward too so be prepared for a lot of those.
Who are you listening to right now?
Young the Giant just came out with a new album so that’s been getting played here and there. I currently rediscovered my liking of Sugar Ray’s music, so that’s been a nice throwback and I’ve also been listening to a lot of Gary Clark Jr. due to a recent discovery of his music…he’s crazy good.