Today is your lucky day because we have an exclusive with the incredibly fun and talented, Mr. Stephen Day! (Cue applause!)
Gotta start off with a fun one: What is a song that will get you “Dancing In The Street” or dancing anywhere for that matter?
“Bubblin’” by Anderson Paak, is quite the track for a good dance in the street.
What can you tell us about your new music?
I released my last EP a couple years ago and it was more of a singer/songwriter soul feel with acoustic instruments and live tracking. “Dancing in the Street” is really what’s setting the pace for most of the new music. Everything will be a little more polished and produced now. I’m hoping to dip my toes into the pop side of things. So, the goal is to still make music using real instruments, rather than electronic sounding tracks, but have a more crafted and specific sound.
Does new music equal some new touring opportunities?
Yeah! We’ve got some dates planned for this summer and early fall that I’m really excited about. After that, I’ve just got one more semester of school left, and I’m planning to hit the road a lot more once I’ve graduated.
What’s been the hardest and easiest song for you to write?
“Dancing in the Street” has been the hardest and easiest song for me to write. Hard because I wanted it to convey such a specific and personal feeling in three minutes and easy because I knew exactly what that feeling was and how it had to be done. It was just finding the right words and melodies to execute.
Are there any influences you have, you think your audience would be surprised to know?
Kacey Musgraves has become the most recent and surprising one. Her last album, Golden Hour blew me away. “Happy and Sad” and “Lonely Weekend” are two of my favorite tracks on there. She’s got a clever way with lyrics and her voice is effortless. The other day I was headed down to Little Rock, Arkansas to play a show, and listened to the whole album all the way through. It was at that moment that I realized I knew every word to every song.
Is there ever anything that you consider rather off limits when it comes to songwriting?
I don’t think so. I think there is a way for anyone to write about anything and make it appropriate. It just takes more work if it’s a topic that is touchy.
Are you open to do some collaborations in the future? Who would be your dream artist?
I don’t naturally run towards it, but If someone wants to work together, I always like to give it a shot. There’s always a chance something really cool could happen. I think Leon Bridges would be super fun to work with and I think we could make something modern but classic sounding together.
And lastly: What do you most hope people take away from your music?
I hope that people feel a sense of connection with my music. There’s always the fear of writing songs that don’t mean anything to anyone, my goal is to write songs that have the ability to stick with people. I mean this in more than just a, “ooooh that’s a catchy song” kind of way, but in the “this is good for my soul” kind of way”.
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