Hi Spazz Cardigan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Really well! I’m in a great place right now. Very focused and in my element.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “DOIDOIT”?
I had come up with the chorus at the end of September one night before a session with Jeff Sojka and took it in as a starting point the next morning. While Jeff was working out a bass line for the verses I ended up writing the rest of the song in about 5 or 10 minutes. I had been thinking a lot about coping mechanisms and why we act the way we do, and it sort of spilled out into this really easy song that we were both really stoked on.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I had hit a burnout point at the beginning of September. I stay really busy, constantly, and when you’re making a living as a creator it’s hard to not correlate your output with your self worth. You write a great song, you’re on top of the world — you write a blah song, you feel like total shit. I had been writing every day for months trying to breathe out material constantly to send to my team and it all sort of collapsed. Then that set off this domino of confronting childhood issues I hadn’t dealt with and trying to get to some root causes of why I act the way I do. Why I think I don’t deserve to exist if I’m not making something cool or staying busy just to look like I’m busy. I started going to therapy right before writing this and that just really set me into a new mode of being. This song was so necessary for me.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
It’s not at the top of my list right now, but if the song reacts well enough I’d love to create a video. I love stretching my visual imagination muscle, but my focus right now is on finishing a few other projects.
How was the recording and writing process?
So easy. Jeff and I had worked together once prior and take time to hang occasionally, so we’re very comfortable working with each other. We had the song more or less done after one session, but we came back to it twice just to touch it up once I decided to release it. The balancing act was trying to not overthink it, but still start leaning the sounds towards something more organic than some of my other singles.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Nashville is such a great, great incubator of talent and has such a colorful spectrum of different types of creators, it’s impossible to not be inspired. Everyone’s always in the zone, everyone’s always “on”, but there’s really a community effort right now to keep pushing each other and find an identity as a pop town. But I’ve also been in Nashville long enough now to see the ebb-and-flow of who moves here, who leaves, why they move here, why they leave, what bubbles are going to pop and which bubbles are going to be isolated; so at this point I’m just comfortable in my lane. I don’t really feel like I’m in competition with anybody, I’m really just trying to make cool music and play great shows.
How do Kanye West and David Bowie influence your writing/music?
There’s no fear. They’re both constantly changing visually and sonically, they’re unafraid to tackle any topic or any emotion, and they’re unafraid of their creativity even when it’s messy to an audience. I have totally different relationships with each of their catalogues and personae, but that’s the connecting factor in how they both influence me in every writing session.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – if yes, how’s that coming along?
Expect new material, but not until the new year. And don’t expect anything I’ve already put out to make an appearance. The singles I’ve put out this year are going to standalone as singles.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
That would spoil the fun!
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. I’ve been focusing my energy this year on building my show in Nashville and getting to a place where I can sell out a venue as a headliner. With that and the bit of streaming love I got this year I’m really, really looking forward to taking the new music on the road. I’ve been talking about trying to tour since 2016 and really just haven’t wanted to go bankrupt doing it — I think 2019 is going to be a really mobile year.
What else is happening next in Spazz Cardigan’s world?