INTERVIEW BY CHRISTIAN LAMITSCHKA FOR COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE & RADIO SHOW
Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Answer: Well that’s a tough question for me. I like so many different types of music. I feel like an ice cream shop letting you walk through with a spoon and taste every different flavor. I live in Nashville so I make a lot of country music, but on this particular album it's definitely pop and dance oriented, which I also love. So basically I’m the Jackson 5 plus Alan Jackson.
Lamitschka: How did you choose the title Midlife Pop Crisis for the EP? Is there a story behind the name?
Answer: There’s always a story I suppose. For me, I’m 38, so recording a pop album at 38 is a bit ridiculous. That seems like a young person's game. But I’m not afraid to be myself and it felt good to make music that brings joy, so that’s the midlife part. Also, when making hiphop there’s a machine called an MPC that samples drums and sounds so I wanted the initials to line up. My first title was gonna be “Dad Body Rock.”
Lamitschka: Please tell us about the songs on your EP (influences, etc).
Answer: Well there’s only four. I wrote them in quarantine during this covid-19 pandemic. Not being able to tour, I found myself writing a song a day and just sending it out to anyone who’d throw a couple bucks in my Venmo. I wrote 35 songs, but these four just seemed to share a vibe together so I paired them up. And of course only having the instruments in my house at my disposal it’s a lot of synth and guitars. A side effect has been that I am much better at piano and keyboards than I was 40 days ago. There’s no great personal story behind the songs, they are meant mostly to convey joy and happiness. Kitchen dancing music is how I think of it.