Blending the charming qualities of indie with a well-established soulful vocal and pop sensibility, Crawford is a brand new artist hailing from the small town of Toledo, Washington. Influenced by the 1960s and 70s soul and R&B, he blends more contemporary elements to create a refreshing modern-day sound. Inspired by artists such as Michael Jackson, Sam Smith, Daniel Caesar, Emily King, Allen Stone, Mac Ayres and many more, Crawford makes his debut on the music scene with “Red Wine” in preparation for his debut EP, stay tuned for more!
We checked out Crawford’s new single “Red Wine” and we were blown away from his stunning vocal ability and heartfelt songwriting. Beginning with a gorgeous soundscape and Crawford’s stunning vocals, “Red Wine” doesn’t take long to evolve into a bone-chilling, heartfelt anthem. You can hear that Crawford has poured his heart and soul into this release. Although the track is more somber than some of the mainstream anthems of today, we’re still blessed with the upbeat bounce of a backing track to bring the energy. I’d love to hear “Red Wine” in an intimate live setting to truly showcase Crawford’s charisma and sheer vocal power. Well worth a listen!
Check out “Red Wine” here and read more with Crawford below!
Hey Crawford! Do you believe that the way you intend to communicate your messages through your music is easily received by your listeners?
I think so! I try to write based off of real situations that happen in my life and I think that can be something that people, especially around my age, can relate to. In a nutshell, Red Wine is about being lonely, drinking wine, and basically confessing your love to someone even though you know the relationship won't work out. I think that can be relatable to lots of people on many different levels.
“Red Wine" was an incredibly versatile and beautiful track. Where did you draw the inspiration to create this particular type of sound?
My producer, Katsuya Sezaki, and I thought about the way we wanted this song produced a lot. We really took our time with it and I came to him wanting to find a balance between an organic live sound, and a fully produced track you'd hear on the radio today. We recorded my some of my band with instruments and did some electronic. A lot of the inspiration from this track comes from Emily King. She is a huge influence for me I think her music finds that organic/electronic balance beautifully. Emily's music also has a lot of small hidden details in her songs so for Red Wine we tried to add a lot of experimental sounds and parts that are subtle and weaved in perfectly that I think adds some magic to it.
How would you say that "Red Wine" compares to the kind of music you curated when you first started out as an artist?
I definitely think my music is way different than when I first started. I have grown so much as a vocalist, writer, and performer in the last couple of years. It was definitely a journey of trying different things and ideas until I figured out what I really wanted. But even though I definitely feel more secure in who I am as an artist and the music I'm making today, I also feel like in two years I could be making something totally different than I am now. I like change and experimenting with new things so I think that I will always be evolving in that way as an artist.
Do you prefer the more intimate recording process over live performance? How do you personally feel when you're performing your music live?
There is nothing better than playing a live show. First of all, my band is made up of some amazing musicians and they are a HUGE part of my growth and where I am today with my music. A lot of my credit goes to them and I feel like "Crawford" is more so a collective of us as a band rather than me as a solo artist. I feel like performing live gives you so much more room to experiment and take risks and in split seconds and sometimes it can create some really incredible moments that will last forever. There have been times where I have out of body experiences and I just let the music take over. At the end of the day music for me is 100% feeling and emotion and there's no better feeling than sharing that with other people and have them feel it through you.
It was awesome to be able to present "Red Wine" here on BuzzMusic! What do you think is next for you as an artist? Where do you hope to progress within the next couple of years?!
Thank you so much for sharing! I feel honored! I'm so excited for the future and have lots of things I want to do. The next step for us is to keep releasing music and playing shows and hopefully, by a couple of years from now we will have an album out and will be touring! This is only the beginning!
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