Hi Kyle, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I am great, I’m excited to start getting this record out for people to hear after working on this for so long.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Not Broken”?
“Not Broken” has a literal story and meaning and a broader application. We were moving from the only house that my two girls had ever known. A house that was so intrinsically tied to wonderful memories of people that were no longer with us , to games they had played to secrets they had kept. In a near panic my daughter reminded me of how good our house had been and how she never thought she would feel at home again. At the same time I was selling my fathers house which had been empty for a couple of years. I was also going through everything from my childhood. I totally understood what she was saying. In the end I questioned whether what I was doing was the best thing for my family but we are forced to move forward, that is our only option.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Things got better. You have to allow yourself time to absorb change. We want to fix everything in this society immediately but it’s not possible. She felt broken but we just needed time ,you can’t rush everything.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We are releasing a video right after the single. I think the thought is to release a few singles over a period of time and then the full record. It gives you individual time to focus solely on songs as apposed to laying everything out there at once. This is such a world of slow digestion in many ways. We are so splintered it’s just plain hard to get people’s attention. They have so many options.
What’s the story behind the title?
The title of the record is “Make it Count.” The song itself reflects the speed at which time moves past us. The fact that you can look in both directions and maybe adjust your priorities and the things we want to count. It was the last song written for the record but every song ties into it in some way. It was almost drawing a circle to put all the other songs into.
How was the recording and writing process?
I know I am miserable to work with in some ways. I write and rewrite and record and rerecord. Its hard for me to say something is done. You should probably just take it away from me and call it a day. I started off making the record with Stuart Myers and then finished it with a guy named Scott Lane. Scott shifted the record a little more away from Americana to maybe euro singer songwriter. The record continued to evolve. I probably wrote another 10 songs after we started. I think that was just the fact that it took a while to really get in a groove.
How much does your upbringing influences your music?