Hi Aryk, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? Whaddup! I’ve been great. Thanks for reconnecting with me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tonight, Tonight”? It’s a laid back take on that song from Smashing Pumpkins. I heard a friend of mine put a spin on it a while back and I fell in love with this song again. The original came out when I was in high school and the Pumpkins were riding high. The song and the video that went along with it were amazing.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song? Well, I can’t claim credits for writing this song. Those kudos go to Billy Corgan. I simply decided to play it how I feel it. Slow it down a bit, and pour myself into it.
Any plans to release a video for the single? No video for this particular song, but will be dropping one shortly for “What You Want”
The single comes off your new album 2×4, Vol. 2 – what’s the story behind the title? The title for 2×4 takes on a few different meaning. I recorded a batch of 10 songs a while ago and the plan was to release them as 2 singles and 2,4 song ep’s. Thus, 2×4. Also, I decided to record a lot of these songs using simpler instrumentation. Guitar, bass, percussion. I did so as when on the road, I play most of my shows solo and wanted to be able to represent a simpler sound on the record. So similar to how 2×4’s are the framework for a home, these recordings are the framework for more in the future.
Is this a direct follow up to the previous installment?
Exactly. I feel the time is right to finally get the second half of these songs out. I’m now starting to write for what I hope will be my first full length record
How was the recording and writing process? The writing process was wrenching. I was coming from a place where I felt I was spinning my wheels and questioning my worth as an artist and a musician and so I took a leave of absence from performing for about 6 months and just wrote. That’s where the majority of these songs came from. The recording process was really smooth as I got to work with a stellar team at IV Labs in Chicago. Charlie Coffeen (of Sidewalk Chalk) co-produced all the full band songs with me. He is always my go to when I’m looking to expand an idea as I dig the way he works. My long time bassist, Adrian Morris was with me on all the tracks too as well as a stellar crew of folks.
What role does Chicago plays in your music? For me, it’s simply where I live. I don’t feel Chicago defines my sound, but the musicians I hear in the city definitely have an impact on my creativity and inspiration. There’s a lot of great players here in Chicago which means there’s always that inspiration for improvement.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? For me, most of my lyrics come from personal relationships. I tend to write from a place of heartache as I do my best to be a cheerful individual and not talk about the sad or negative things in my life. Music is that outlet for me to discuss those things and tell you how I’m feeling. They melody tells you about my mood, while the lyrics tell you how I feel.
Any plans to hit the road? Definitely getting on the road! I love touring. I’ve got a few projects that are keeping me tied up right now and so my touring is a bit limited for the moment. I post all my dates on my website (arykcrowder.com) and on my bandsintown feed (bandsintown.com/arykcrowder). Keeping wup with folks is real important to me too and so folks can always hit me up on my social media pages.
What else is happening next in Aryk Crowder’s world? Well, right now I’m experimenting with a lot of new sounds on guitar for a batch of songs that I hope will turn into my first full length album. I really want to try some new things and expand. I’ve been digging on a lot of 80’s pop guitar sounds and so we’ll see where this road takes me. Other than that, just living life and trying to enjoy the fruits of it. Ya know, good coffee, workouts, warm weather, and whiskey.
Music Video for “What You Want” can be viewed here: