My songwriting voice really emerged in the terrifying and murky depths of puberty. I found melodies and lyrics pouring out of me. I picked up guitar and keys around the time I turned 12 and started to write shortly after that. I love searching for the perfect tune, the perfect line, and that moment in your favorite song where you just close your eyes and let it carry you.
It seems to me like there’s the music you grow up with and that you grab onto to get through adolescence, and then there’s the music that really sticks, and they’re not always the same. For a long time I was deep into pop-punk, emphasis on the “pop” – Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, Mayday Parade, Boys Like Girls, the glammy version of My Chemical Romance – and folk artists like Iron & Wine and Sufjan Stevens, which basically meant that I listened to nothing but sad white boys for 7 years. I’ve spent the last few years trying to course-correct.
Here are a few albums from the last couple years I think everyone needs to hear:
2. Grimes – Art Angels – I want to make pop music sound as effortless and weird and gorgeous as Claire Boucher does. Don’t watch her music videos under the influence of anything.
3. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell – I heard that you wanted to cry for a few weeks straight, so here you go. They’re one of the few artists that I adored in high school who have stood the test of time. Stevens’ lyrical honesty and fondness for weird words are a big inspiration.
Outside of this band I run and eat a lot of pizza. Talk to me about pizza.