"No matter your situation, the circumstances that led you either to reading this today or picking up a paintbrush/guitar/pencil/pen (insert whatever your passion is here), you alone have to make the first step to improve it. My mission is to help show you that." - Crooked Forest
Where does the soul of your music come from?
I read a few pages of Chicken Soup for the Soul as a kid, and I enjoy a heart bowl once in a while.
But I also put a lot of my real life into every piece and lyric, “the heart of the soup,” if you will, and I think that’s something you can hear anytime you listen to a piece of music. Without it, a lot of music can just sound really mechanical or over-produced.
You have this amazing sound, how do you procure it?
Thanks, although I’m still trying to bring it up a few levels, haha. I’m not really sure, I don’t really think too deeply about what I’m making in the moment, I just work on whatever comes to mind as it does until I’m satisfied with the result. It’s a hard thing to explain but, I sort of always already have an idea of the sound I want a song to take before I begin the production, and most of the process is just trying to replicate what’s going on in my head about it.
What was the MOST important part of creating your latest single?
With “Wasted Time” I really didn’t want to launch it fully until I had collaborated with a drummer who understood the style of drumming I wanted for the track, and I wanted that drummer to have the capability of recording the parts themselves, as well, because I love the idea of sending out a mix to someone and having them send their part back after they’ve had some time alone with it. Fortunately I was able to do just that with this one, and it was the first time I did this type of collaboration since beginning this band. It was important because I had been interested in collaborating almost since the outset, so this was like a bucket list item for me. The live drums really changed the entire dynamic of the track for the better, too.
Anything that ended up on the chopping block?
The initial lead guitar line was more of an arpeggiated single-note line, but I thought it took the track too far into folk-rock territory, especially in the bridge. I wanted to make it more of an arena-rock sound, so that was the first thing to go and it altered a lot of the tonal decisions afterwards, prompting me to re-assess the rhythm guitars which led to what you hear on it now. And some of the initial lyrics changed along the way which isn’t necessarily common with me; the entire chorus is a lot different from what I began this one as. It was pretty immature the first go-around. Oh yea, and the entire intro guitar line, that didn’t even exist for a long time in the way you hear it; it wasn’t until after I solidified the amp tone that I was able to create it, and now it’s my favourite part of the song.
How much love did you put into it?
As much as I can fit into my crockpot. Honestly I hadn’t thought about it too much until this interview but this song has probably seen the most changes from its original demo and took on a life of its own, but it took months to piece together with frequent breaks. It was also the first track that I spent a considerable amount of time looking at just how the bass line was contributing, and again, that really lifts the song in a way that drives it into a whole other territory from what I’ve done previously. I’m really proud of this one.
Is there a fine line of revealing too much of yourself in your music?
I don’t think so, although sometimes I question myself after I’ve made the decision to reveal something heavy. I think the best music is made when you allow yourself to be at your most vulnerable. I don’t think everyone sees it that way, especially if they somehow view themselves as the subject of what you’re writing, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from it if it’s something you decide you’d like to share. It’s your music after all.
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