Hey Jay Bird! Welcome back to BuzzMusic! Can you tell us about your upbringing? How did you get started in music?
So, getting started with singing and songwriting sort of happened slowly for me. I started my music career with band in middle school and high school. I only sang a bit on the side. I didn’t even stay in choir consistently until my last years of high school, and I never finished writing an entire song until the end of senior year. But once I found my ukulele and I started to learn more about songwriting everything else sort of fell into place. I’ve been in love with it ever since.
Can you dive into details about the lyricism in “More Time” and “On My Own? What inspired both of these songs?
More time was written in a time of great confusion in my life. Confusion about my direction, my mental health, my physical health, and just life in general. I was defiantly feeling like there was not enough time in our lives to truly figure everything out. I mean I was thinking about all the folklore and fiction and shows that obsess about this human desire for immortality or even just an extended existence. So I wrote this song just about that fear of moving forward for lack of time among other things.
Where is the best setting to listen to your songs, and what do you hope people take away from them?
On my Own was actually a collaboration between a friend of mine, Wesley Collins, in high school. We wanted to write the song from the perspective of two people in a relationship who had their own ideas about how the it was going. One is confident they have too much to live for and they need to be on their own to thrive, and the other feels they can only thrive with the other by their side. In the end, the roles switch and the one who was hurting is now strong and confident and happy on their own and the other is regretting throwing away a good thing and wishing they weren’t on their own anymore.
What was it like to collaborate with Emaline Duquette!? We are in love with the harmonies you two created!
I think the best settings to listen to my songs would be in any area where you have time or you want to relax. Maybe sitting down for coffee in the morning, on the car or bus ride to work, or relaxing in bed in the evening before you turn in. I really want my listeners to be happy with my music, but in all honesty my intentions are almost never to give them anything specific to learn or feel or take away. I try to leave my music open to interpretation so that the listeners can take what they need from it at whatever point in their life they are at. At the same time, I also try to express what I am feeling at that moment and it is nice to hear when people pick up on that from listening as well.
What are your main aspirations as an artist going forward?
So, the song; On My Own, was a project I loved so much that I new I had to do something with it. As soon as I got the opportunity to record, I knew I had to make something of it. However, it took me five years to find another artist who truly does the song the justice it deserves. I came across this young artist; Emaline Duquette from Athens Ohio at the local open mic at Donkey Coffee and I knew instantly that she was right for the song. She is such at young talent and yet she sings like a professional. Her Vocals are almost as strong as her attitude and the maturity of her voice matches that of herself. It’s astonishing. When we recorded she was so prepared and professional. She was a blast to work with and I really hope she does great things with music in the future.
My main aspirations as an artist, and why I recently moved to California, would be just to perform, create, and collaborate as much as possible. I just want my whole life to be immersed in music.
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