EXCLUSIVE: Drew Green Interview
Stage Right Secrets caught up with Drew Green to talk about his new music, life in quarantine, and getting his start in music. Read our exclusive Q&A, below.
Congrats on your single! Walk us through the creative process behind “Right Where I Be.”
I wrote that idea down a couple months before we wrote it and as soon as we started writing it and Mark Trussell had that track going, I knew it was for me. Song was pretty quick after we had the structure of the plot and knew what it was about. Wrote the chorus first then the verses.
What went into creating the music video? Were you involved in the concept?
Dustin Haney directed the video and I think when you hear the song you get a visual of what is happening because there is a lot of color and he brought to life exactly what was in my head when we were writing it. I am very pleased with the turnout. Looking forward to working with Dustin and his crew again.
How did signing with Sony Music Nashville come about?
I met with my publisher Brett James who is now my manager. We had breakfast one morning then sat in my truck in the parking lot and listened to about 30 songs and he was pretty excited about them but didn’t say much at the time. He called me later that day and said I think you’re ready for a record deal and said he would set up some meetings. He met with Jim Catino of Sony the next Monday. He also met with Joe Fisher of Villa 40 on Wednesday and they did a merger deal. I played for Sony that Friday and they basically made a verbal offer then. Happened very fast but it felt right and my gut hasn’t steered me wrong yet. Love my team!
Taking it back, what drew you to country music?
My dad listened to country radio on the tree farm and that’s where I became a fan. He also had Sammy Kershaw and Alan Jackson CDs in the work truck and I wore them all out.
What record made you fall in love with music?
The first record I remember having on repeat was one my mom gave me. The Monkees greatest hits album. Haha. I knew every song on there and thought it was amazing.
Was there a specific moment when you realized that you wanted to make music your career?
I played a show at a Tennessee Tech college bar where I went to school. It turned in to a weekly party that sometimes got the cops called and had great turnouts. That was when I realized I could potentially do this for a living.
Do you remember the first song you wrote?
I do, it was called “prettiest angel.” I was a freshman in high school and it was for a girl I was trying to get with at the time. It worked.
Since most of the country is or was in quarantine, what did you do to pass the time?
I still wrote a lot on Zoom. I played a lot of video games and binged a few shows on the ‘Flix.
Did you find it easier or harder to be creative while stuck at home?
It was definitely harder pulling inspiration being stationery. But once I started Zoom writing it got better. I did take a few weeks off from writing which was good
What else can fans expect from you this year?
Putting out more music for sure! A lot of digital content as well so be sure to follow on socials!