Can you talk to us more about your latest video “Save Me”?
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
“Save me” is relatable to a lot of people’s lives actually…people whose childhood and things have affected them. They try to find someone else to fix them when they really have to fix themselves first. They find themselves running in circles trying to find things, like alcohol, drugs or people to cure their pain . You don’t wanna bring your pain to anyone else. Sometimes that’s how you damage a relationship. So the point here is to try to save yourself first. That’s something that I personally am trying to do and still am dealing with.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The filming process was a pretty natural vibe. We don’t have management or a label right now, just creatives on our team, executive producer Christine Hufenbecher and my music producer SAINT JO. Songs and stories start in my mind. We created this on a low independent budget to bring the idea to life. We just make things look as great as we can with the means we have. The vision will shine through it all.
The single comes off your new album Man On The Moon – what’s the story behind the title?
The title “Man on the moon” comes from exactly how I feel in music right now. I sometimes feel like I’m by myself on my own planet doing my own sound. These days I think many people are so stuck on repetition and being safe. Originality has kind of left the game. That’s why I want bring it back, even if I am on my own planet. It’s my own truth. There are millions of other people that are trying to get their truth across and will appreciate the vulnerability in the music and who I am as an artist. We’re coming down to earth and we’re gonna change things!
How was the recording and writing process?
My writing process is a little different from most. I grew up with a learning disability, so it caused me to have to remember things, like numbers and words, a little more than the average person. It helps that these are all feelings from my heart, all things I’m going thru from that day, that year or something I’ve seen. So I always like to tell my truth. My writing process is, I go in the booth, I hear something that inspires me, and the thoughts starts pouring out. I never write anything down and just go.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
It’s really not a departure from my previous work. It’s just that I’m always changing. I change from day to day. Sometimes I wanna give you a hug, sometimes I wanna preach to you, sometimes I wanna punch you in the face. That’s the same way my music is. One day I listen to The Beatles, another day I listen to Kendrick. I’m really influenced by rock, soul, country, gospel, R&B. So on every album you’re gonna get something a little bit different, and a little bit more of me. You’re gonna understand how I combine all these things into my own genre.
What role does Los Angeles play in your music?
LA plays a role in my music being that I’m from the countryside of Missouri, so it’s a different life. I’m seeing new things, how the city moves, even though I’ve traveled my whole life and I’ve always picked stories from wherever I was. I went to school overseas in London for a while. That experience changed my music. Living in LA is definitely a different beast. I think you can hear some of the things I’ve experienced in LA in this new album.
How has Queen and Prince influenced your writing?
Those artists are not afraid to be bold, scream, cry and be their most authentic self. That’s the kind of artist I always aim to be.
Any plans to hit the road?
I want to be back on the road in the new year. My live show is how I think I can touch people the most. That’s how people connect with my music in person cuz they can feel that what I’m saying is from the heart and honest.
What else is happening next in The Reasn’s world?
I want to continue to grow and touch as many people as possible. I want them to understand that I’m always evolving and always changing as a person. Everything I write is what I go thru. I want the world to know it’s ok to go thru moments of depression, insecurities and loneliness…that’s just part of being human. I hope people jump on a journey with me and together we become the people we want to be.