Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Good As It Gets”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It’s been an interesting and transitional few months for me, launching a brand new career, new life. I found that it was really easy for me to sit around feeling a bit insecure and unsure of what I was doing and who I am. This song is sort of just about how this is me for better or for worse and that’s just something I need to recognize and try to learn to love.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, we’re actually shooting a video in the desert this month for it with an incredible director and I’m really excited about it.
The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the record after your new moniker?
I haven’t actually released the title of the upcoming EP just yet… fans will have to wait a little longer for the reveal!
How was the recording and writing process?
This was an interesting EP to write because I really approached it in a way I haven’t previously. I examined myself so closely that I think I actually started to discover things and feel things that I wasn’t necessarily ready for and I feel like I started to go a bit crazy to be completely honest, so I’m glad it’s written and done! I had a blast making this record with one of my best friends on earth Rob Ellmore. He’s the most talented producer I’ve ever met and I’m super lucky to have him on my team.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
Lyrically, yes. Musically, no.
With the great reception back on The Mowgli’s – were you any nervous or felt any pressure as you jump into this new venture?
Leaving The Mowgli’s was the hardest decision I’ve ever made so if there is any pressure it comes from me, not them. I didn’t want to leave my friends – but I did – so I just feel the need to work my ass off and make that decision worthwhile. They have been nothing but supportive.
How has Major Lazer and The Smiths influenced your writing?
I actually don’t listen to much music that sounds like the genre of music I make which I think makes what I do interesting because I’m not immersed in this alternative world. That’s not what I’m pulling from when I’m writing. I’m addicted to Diplo’s production – I love the way it makes me feel. The Smiths have been a huge lyrical influence on me, regardless of the fact that Morrissey is such a dick, which is disappointing. Didn’t know that when I was younger.
How did you get to go on balancing and playing with the old and modern sounds on this record?
I respect and honor the past but I believe that it is dangerous to dwell there. I don’t find myself to be super nostalgic. I want to press boundaries and create things that are new. The past has already happened.
What aspect of anxiety and depression did you get to explore on this record?
I mean this entire record is certainly the most depressing thing I’ve ever done, but I’m pretty good at making it feel sonically uplifting so people feel good listening to it. Sort of like chasing a shot of whisky with a sip of coke.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Internally. This record is about what it’s like to be myself and the inherent struggles that entails. Though I’m certain others will find that they have the same struggles. I don’t think my pain is unique or anything. Life is fucking weird and hard for most of us.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, we will be hitting the road soon. But for now I have my first Little Hurt show ever coming up at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles on October 8 with TWIN XL. Tickets are HERE.
What else is happening next in Little Hurt’s world?
I really just want to take a nap although I can feel time just flying by and I can’t stop it and that’s annoying so I’m gonna go do other stuff I guess.