Q. Tell us about your new song “Nostalgia”. Where did the inspiration come from?
Nostalgia is a bit more directed to the people who listen to music for the music – not really the people looking for a song to rage to. I’ve always been a sucker for good melodies, beautiful harmonies, and chill vibes, so I wanted to try and make something that really captured what I love in music. Playing shows is something that can definitely change your perception of music, and start to effect the way you look at making music. It’s very easy to start thinking about crowd response, and how well it’s going to translate on a dance floor. I wanted to remember what it was like to go into making a song for the SONG and how it felt, as opposed to how the crowed would respond to it in a set. Matthew Brue (Missio) did a beautiful job bringing in vocals, and adding lyrics that conveyed a feeling of thinking back about a first love, and all of the reasons you fell in the first place.
Q. Tell us about yourself and your sound. What made you decide to go into making music?
I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember. Whether it was baking on the table with silverware during dinner, or playing a little plastic baby trumpet… I’ve always been fascinated by music. In second grade, my mom put me in piano lessons. For the first 3-4 years I honestly hated it. Probably because I was a kid and looked at it as a chore. I ended up quitting in middle school, but quickly picked up other instruments. Few years later I jumped right back into piano, and knew that music would be a part of my life forever. After graduating high school, I spent a couple semesters at Berklee College of Music. I met so many amazing artists and musicians, and made some amazing lifelong friends while I was there. However once I left, I realized that rather than sitting in classes and learning from text books and teachers, I realized I could learn so much more from YouTube videos and friends. That’s what I did. Started writing and writing, and meeting as many people I could learn from out here in Denver. Blessed to have met people like Chris Cox, who ended up teaching me SO much about production, as well as introducing me to Nick Miller (Illenium). Those two friendships have changed my life.
Q. Are there any musical influences for Said The Sky?
Tons! I kind of pull from all over the place. I think the first artist to really get me into melodic EDM was Gemini, with his track Blue. Since then, people like Seven Lions, Porter Robinson, Flume, Jack Ü, NGHTMRE, Prince Fox and others have kept me into it. Really all over the spectrum.
Q. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not making music?
If I’m not making music I’m either at work, or just lounging, trying to decompress a bit and clear my head. I’ve never really been big into video games, but I’m also lazy, so sitting on the couch either watching TV or aimlessly scrolling through Facebook is a pretty common thing to me. Both of my roommates snowboard though, so I might have to try getting into that this winter a little bit! (I’ve only been once in fifth grade, and hated every second of it… so we’ll see.)
Q. If you could go on tour with an artist right now, who would it be and why?
If I could go on tour with any artist right now, it would probably be Seven Lions. His sound has always been inspiring to me, and he’s always been able to push boundaries in genres while staying current, and true to his sound. He gets down on stage and plays beautiful music. Those are the shows I make sure to make it to.
Q. What other future projects are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m working on a few new tunes that are quite a bit different than my previous releases, but I think they stay true to who I am, and have a bit of myself in them. Every song I write, I am genuinely inspired to write, even if it’s a bit different stylistically. I would just say stay on your toes. I hope to be surprising everyone with diverse and catchy music in the near future.