Exclusive: Gavin Haley on “Sad Season”
Gavin Haley’s latest single “Sad Season” is making us smile from ear to ear!
When did you realize you wanted to be a storyteller?
I don’t think it’s one of those things I realized as much as I’ve just been doing it my whole life. I’m lucky to have traveled a lot growing up so I’ve got some material. I started playing shows and was like “damn I’m talking more than I’m singing” and it just grew from there haha.
We hear you don’t like to confine yourself to a specific genre. So how would you best describe your sound?
You can listen anytime of the day with anyone. It feels good.
What is the story behind “Sad Season”?
Don’t get trapped in a bad situation longer than you have to – learn, move on, reflect. The sad season is over.
Do you have a set structure to how you write songs?
I normally start with a melody or chords – if it feels good, we hop into the booth and lay down some random stuff see what comes out. It’s not always the same.
You were previously on the national cycling team. How did that make you realize music was your calling?
I crashed a lot haha. No, I just saw my passion for music grow every year and at the same time I loved racing. It was a hard decision but it was one of those things I knew I’d regret if I didn’t go for it. My bike is always there when I need it. I gave a lot of my life to racing and I can be content with that.
What can we expect from this tour with XYLO and Cory Harper?
A great show with all different music! Come out for real. It’s going to be some amazing energy and I know we are all stoked to play.
Who are some of your dream collaborators?
Frank ocean for sure. If I could get Frank Ocean and Sufjan Stevens in a room that might be one of the greatest moment of my life. I’d also love to work with Post Malone.
Is there a sort of end game or biggest goal you hope to achieve musically?
I wanna take this around the world, to the highest level and then some. I have a message and when I get the platform to share it, it’s game on. I don’t think there is an end goal, but like anyone, I’ve got MSG on my mind, the Grammys, all of it. At the end of the day, I’m just stoked to be chasing this dream everyday. Seeing people connect with this music has been a blessing.
Lastly, what do you hope listeners take away from your music?
Good energy. So much so I want them to feel the difference. This is about the music, but so much more. Higher conscious. More life. Positivity always.