INTERVIEW: Paxton Ingram

Hi Paxton, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

– Hello! Thanks for having me, I’ve been awesome – I’ve been really excited about releasing new music so I’m just happy that time has finally arrived.

– Can you talk to us more about your song “Bad Luck”?

– “Bad Luck” is probably one of my favorite songs I’ve ever done. Everything felt effortless and natural from the writing process, recording the vocals, and even doing the packaging for it . I’m also pumped because I got the chance to explore a different sound than I’ve done before, a more alt/pop sounding record. I’m a huge fan of artists like Halsey, Troye Sivan, and Nick Jonas so I definitely wanted to explore music in a realm similar to theirs.

– I know you had this single under a lot of secrecy, why was that? Was it just a surprise or you actually had a few ups and downs while putting this track together?

– I love the element of surprise, I think a big part of Pop Music culture is the “surprise” aspect. We all love being shook when our favorite artist releases a new video, a new business venture, or even an entire album. We love the unexpected.

– Did any event inspire you to write this song?

I would say multiple events inspired this record. Definitely the mistakes from my past relationships and me making the wrong choices when it comes to choosing who I give my time and attention to, we all do it haha!

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes, I’m not allowed to speak on it just yet but it’s coming!

– How was the recording and writing process?

– I wrote the record in LA with two of my very good friends Nick Hagelin and Johnathan Bach (who both happened to be on ‘The Voice’ the same season as me) it  was one of the last songs we wrote during my 5 week writing camp. It came easy but we definitely spent a lot of time challenging melodies and lyrics.

– What role does Miami play in your writing?

I grew up in a neighborhood that was mostly Cuban and Colombian so I have a lot of Latin influence just in my regular life, so that definitely reflects in my music. I’ve even recorded some spanglish songs that will be released later this year.

Known for your stint in The Voice – what did you learn from that experience?

The most important lesson I learned on ‘The Voice’ was how to trust myself and my gift. I left that show a more realized person and artist!

– On shows like this you are guided both by a coach and group of people – what would you say were some of the PROs and CONs of that?

– The Pros are you getting some of the best training in the entire world for about a year, and being connected with some great people who genuinely care about your gift and well-being. The CONs are that it’s only temporary.

– Does your approach tend to change when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Yes I enjoy working with a team more than working by myself. I’m a huge believer in the corniest phrase ever “Teamwork makes the dreamwork” but it’s so true!

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

I can’t spill too much just yet, but 2018 will definitely include a follow-up project to my debut ep “Recover”.

– Any tentative release date or title in mind?

– Not yet!

– Any plans to hit the road?

– Yes, aiming for this Summer!

– What else is happening next in Paxton Ingram´s world?

– A lot of fun and exciting things are happening, I’m back in LA writing and working on more material for the project and other cool things. I will be performing at SXSW for the first time this year, so I will be extremely busy prepping for that in a few weeks, and just loads of cool stuff are pouring down. I’m feeling really blessed right now.

For More Information on Paxton Ingram:

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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