Astra the 22's by E

Catch up with Brooklyn-based indie glam rock duo Astra the 22's and listen to their single "Creature" off their upcoming EP, Paris Love, to be released this Summer.

What brought you two together to start Astra the 22's?

Astra The 22's were brought together by forces larger than life… to bring back the rock...

Where does your name come from?

The name comes from staring into a crystal ball and seeing the same star and number 22, 22 times...

Which musicians have you been influenced by?

Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Blondie, Def Leppard, Jack White..

Is there an artist or band that you're hooked on now?

Always hooked on something, ha.

But always hooked on… Jack White and The Kills!!

Which words would you use to describe your sound?

Beautiful/deadly and glamorous.

What were your inspirations behind your single "Creature"?

"Creature'' well, we were high on caffeine, nicotine and whiskey and listening to The Kills, Blondie and G’n’R. After talking bullshit about NYC narcissism, materialism & vanity, we wrote "Creature".

Could you tell us more about your upcoming EP Paris Love and if that single is indicative of what we can expect to hear on it?

Our EP Paris Love is a call to all degenerates, derelicts, outsiders and freaks to join us to bring love & beauty to the world under the universal flag of Rock n Roll!

Is there a track off the EP you're most excited to share with fans?

How about you choose?! :)

What do you hope listeners are able to take away from your music?

Fuck everything, Let’s Rock!

Is there anything you want to add?

We have a show March 16th at Pianos NYC at 8pm.

See you there... Yea!

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Nick Blaemire by E

Catch up with singer-songwriter Nick Blaemire and listen to his single "Coffee & Wine" ft. Daniel J. Watts off his forthcoming EP, The Ampersand, out soon.

What got you interested in music and songwriting?

Nick: I never really reacted to anything else. From when I was a kid to all the way up, I feel like I look at people who are in nine-to-five jobs and trying to crack the American Dream and it always felt like they were depriving themselves of the meaning of life in a lot of ways - which I find to be in music and the idea of the study of humanities through the way they express themselves. I tried to figure out how to do something more stable, because clearly the music business is not a stable industry [laughs] but it is an incredibly fulfilling art and it's one I'm totallly addicted to.

Do you remember the first song you wrote that you were really happy with?

[Laughs] Yeah, when I was like 14 I had a favorite pair of jeans and I had really worn them and my mom and I had stitched them up a couple times and it just wasn't working anymore, so I wrote a song that was called "The Funeral" to my favorite pair of jeans and it was my first grappling with loss. It actually happened at a time when a family friend of ours had passed away and I realized I was writing about that through this funny lens and the idea of hiding stuff that I'm really feeling in another seemingly odd subject matter really interested me. Burying the lead and writing unsuspecting songs is something that I'm still trying to do today and I remember doing that by accident when I was 14 and being like, "oh, that's interesting," and then starting to see that other people have been doing that forever [laughs]. But I discovered it then. With my jeans.

Which musicians would you say you've been influenced by?

Oh man, so many. I grew up on Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Bruce Springsteen; Bruce Springsteen is a huge influence on my dad who's a drummer. The Beatles were huge growing up. I started branching out a little bit and when I got to 5th or 6th grade I started buying my own tapes and Green Day's Dookie was my first tape and then I got into Weezer and got into the punk rock thing for a little while. Then I moved back into modern pop in the late '90s and found my love of pop music that is as smartly constructed as The Beatles' songs. I got into the idea of R&B and the way that The Beatles came from R&B and the way that R&B has influenced everything that's on the radio in some way. Lately I've been listening to a lot more stuff that clearly connects those two in the form of The 1975; Chance the Rapper; I love Flume; Madaila is another band that does a really good job of bridging the rock/pop/R&B spectrum. I love music that defies its categories and fights the brandings that the business tries to put on it. Over the past month I've gotten really into Madaila and Flume and it's that feeling when you find a new artist you really love and you're like, "how did I survive without them until this point?" and it's a really great feeling.

Other than them, is there anyone you'd recommend everyone take a listen to?

There's a ton. A ton, a ton, a ton. Besides those guys - and Chance the Rapper doesn't need my help at all - I'm also a big fan of this band I Fight Dragons that is a power pop punk band that my friend Brian is in and I've always loved them. Actually Packy Lundholm is one of the producers on my EP and part of the reason why I wanted to work with him is because of his work with I Fight Dragons which is like nerd pop punk; they use Nintendo sounds to do stuff in their music and their songs are super rad, so I love them. I love The Limousines, they have a song called "Very Busy People" that I've definitely worn out. I love the new Bon Iver album very much. Faded Paper Figures is another band that I really love. Gavin Castleton is a total virtuoso. This guy Sampha is an R&B artist who I think is amazing; he wrote a song called "(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano" and it's just the best image ever. So many songwriters can identify with the idea that the songs that you write in your parents' house and how those are just a bit more close to who you might be than the ones that you write drunk in a studio some night.

Which words would you use to describe your sound to someone who hadn't heard your music?

I feel like nerd soul is probably the best way to describe it. I definitely don't take myself very seriously when it comes to the image the music projects and so I'm writing about the underdog and it's sort of like if Anthony Michael Hall morphed with Justin Timberlake.

Has your Broadway work influenced your sound?

I feel like it's all stories at the end of the day so I definitely don't think of myself as a Broadway performer or a musician as much as I do like a guy who's making stuff, it's just whichever venue I'm in at the time. I do think that I sort of write pop music to get away from theater in that there's something about pop writing that can be a little bit less specific and be, lyrically, a little more impressionistic and I like that feeling a lot. I also really like focusing on my relationship with the musicians that I'm playing with which is something that, in theater, especially when you're doing a Broadway show as an actor, if you're thinking about the band, you're not doing the job that you got paid to do, which is to tell the story of the character you're playing. In pop music, it's the absolute best part to be on stage with a band of musicians you respect and listening to the choices they're making and the way that they're coming together in that specific moment, it's all about that. I certainly do make pop music to scratch that itch.

What were your inspirations behind your new single "Coffee & Wine"?

I'm starting to realize how obsessed we all are with external forces on our demeanors, like looking at our phones all the time, and it's just not a surprise to me that people become addicted to stuff because of the dopamine rush that we get from introducing these synthetic things into our natural life and coffee and wine are two that I find myself around all the time. I drink coffee every morning and we drink wine a lot in our house and I smoke pot and I like these things as an artist because they change my frame of reference ever so slightly, but I see the danger in them and I see the danger, societally, in the way that we just accept those addictions. It's not really an indictment of that, but it's an exploration of how I feel about being somebody who's sort of part of that societal addiction. Working with Daniel Watts on that song was such a wonderful experience because he brought a different perspective to that same subject and he plays a different character in the song: whereas where I'm coming from is more thematic and he describes a day in the life of his experience with outside chemicals.

Is that single indicative of what we can expect to hear on your EP and could you tell us more about The Ampersand?

Yeah, I think it is indicative. I am trying to deconstruct as many subjects as I can and focus on the things that are really on my mind lately. The idea of the ampersand is the ultimate collaborative symbol; it just intrinsically means that you're combining two things. So while my name is on the front of it, there's no way that this would have gotten made without the people who played on it, the people who collaborated and produced it with me, and the people that I wrote about. A lot of these songs are about my wife who is the ultimate ampersand in my life and I tried to do that from as drastically different angles, from song to song, as I could. It's a bit of an ADD stylistic experience and then there's stuff that pulls it together and we try to find thematic strains that made it feel like one EP and one sonic experience; those are my favorite kind of albums, the ones that you have to listen through. But hopefully the songs stand alone, as well.

Do you have one song off the EP you'd call your favorite?

It changes. I really love this song called "Trees" that Jo Lampert sings with me on the album. I love it because it's talking about the stuff that I'm talking about in "Coffee & Wine" from, again, a different angle. In terms of my musical ability, I'm constantly trying to grow and acknowledge my weaknesses and find new sounds within the palette that I'm able to find on a piano or a guitar and that was a song that really came alive in the studio. I liked the top a lot and what it was about but I hadn't found the way that it should feel in terms of the arrangement and it was such a collaboration - again, ampersand times a million - that we came up with a bunch of arrangement stuff in Chicago and we were tracking the arrangement with this amazing band that Packy put together; and then in New York where we mixed the album, our other producer Chris Leon came up with a bunch of different production ideas of how to add spice to what Packy had already laid down and all of that was built on these core ideas that I had had alone in my room a long time ago. It just became this thing that I could never ever come up with on my own and yet it's exactly what I had in my head in some way. I just love that, that that's possible and that, through collaboration, you actually reach more of yourself than you can by yourself.

How would you sum up The Ampersand EP in one sentence?

It's about collaboration in all the different kinds.

What do you hope listeners are able to take away from your music?

I hope people are able to zoom out a little bit because of it. I think we get pretty myopic, especially these days, and it's easy to do that - I know I do it, too. Part of the reason I make music is to go on that experience with the audience to just remind myself - and ourselves - that we are in a very strange, hilarious situation, being human beings stuck on this planet, and how miraculous and funny it all is. Hopefully, these songs can do a little bit of work to widening perspectives.

Is there anything you want to add?

I'm playing a gig with my band at C'mon Everybody which is a club in Brooklyn on Franklin Avenue. Great club, we're playing there on St. Patrick's Day - Friday the 17th of March - at 8:30.

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Narrow Waves by E

Catch up with Boston-based Narrow Waves and listen to their single "Hear Me Out" from their debut EP, Letters From Another State, out now.

What got you interested in starting Narrow Waves?

Sarah: We are all Boston area natives and all of us have played in bands for a while and I think we were all looking for something with a new sound.

J.R.: Narrow Waves started as a fairly casual collaboration between myself and Matt (lead guitarist). We had played in a punk band together a long time ago and we shared a wide range of tastes beyond punk music and we wanted to explore and honor those interests with a new project. We were pleasantly surprised when we started jamming to see what material we'd come up with. I had a lot of indie-oriented songs on the shelf, we dusted some of those off, we started reaching out to assemble a full band, and we've been really fortunate to find folks like Sarah, Noah, Graham, and Tim, all really talented folks who've become friends, and I think we've formed something special.

Sarah: That's pretty much it. I think we were all at a point in our musical careers where we were ready for something a little different than what we were normally playing. I used to play in a sort of a post-rock instrumental band as a violinist and also did fiddle and folk stuff, so I think all of us were ready for something that was a little different from what we'd been doing before. We're ready to also just take it more seriously, so it's just a really good match with everyone being on the same page with that.

Where does your name Narrow Waves come from?

J.R.: There were a few inspirations for that. The most literal of which is that sound waves are the narrowest waves that you can see, so that's the short explanation [laughs].

Which musicians were you influenced by, individually or as a band?

Sarah: I think it's different. What's cool about the band is that it's actually a little different based on different people in the band. I think J.R. and a few other members of the band are influenced by earlier indie - New Order, Morrissey, The Smiths - whereas I'm a little more influenced by more modern indie - The 1975, The Naked and Famous, - and then our synth player is adorably super into pop, everything from Carly Rae Jepsen to a Justin Bieber remix. Those three influences draw from the past and more modern indie and pop and it altogether creates the sound that we have in Narrow Waves. Broods and, obviously, I think CHVRCHES is a shared influence among all of us, particularly what they do with their synths. I also think, in terms of my own personal singing style, Sky Ferreira is a huge influence.

Is there anyone you're hooked on now you think everyone should listen to?

Sarah: I'm obsessed with the new single by Lorde [laughs] "Green Light". And J.R. and I are both crushing on The xx's new album.

J.R.: I'll second what Sarah said. Things I've had on repeat recently include Fear of Men, Strand of Oaks, the new Cloud Nothing album, like many other people I think it's pretty amazing. A band called Pine Grove that I've been listening to on repeat a lot recently. Ultimately, I've been listening to the new Run The Jewels album more than any of those combined, but the other ones are a bit more in our genre.

Which words would you use to describe your own sound?

J.R.: I'll start by mentioning some of the more flattering comparisons that other people have drawn - or the comparisons that have come up, on multiple occasions, by other people or reviewers and folks at the shows - have been The Psychedelic Furs and early R.E.M. and [laughs] 'early indie music in general' was something a couple of folks said to me the other day. I think that gets at the heart of what Sarah said earlier that, particularly with the material we've been playing live, it's sort of a bridge between those legacy indie bands of the earlier '80s and current indie bands. Folks have said that somehow with 6 people in the band we've managed to bridge that gap a little bit.

Sarah: Two of the things that we think are really cool about the band is that we have both an electric violin and dual vocals, so it adds a little bit of a melodic or storytelling vibe to the songs, as well. I think that makes it pretty unique.

J.R.: I agree with Sarah. When there's 6 people in the band, it's not going to sound like your typical indie band.

What were your inspirations behind your single "Hear Me Out"?

J.R.: "Hear Me Out" is about the things that are left unsaid but it's also a farewell song in the sense that it touches upon what it feels like to say goodbye to someone when you're not sure whether it will be the last time that you see them.

Could you tell us more about your EP Letters From Another State and if that single is indicative of what people can expect to hear?

Sarah: Yeah, that EP runs the gamut of 5 songs that we have been working on and some that were existing in various states prior to the formation of the band and some that have been updated since. There's a mixture of some more upbeat dance songs - which are just super fun to play - and also some slower songs that incorporate the violin and we were going for this ethereal, atmospheric sound on some of them, as well. It really offers a little bit of both.

J.R.: I think that sums it up.

Sarah: The name itself, Letters From Another State, is something that we thought hard about because, basically with our music, we want to leave a lot of it up to the listeners interpretation and we wanted a name that really reflected that because there's multiple meanings within that name and we want people to have it mean whatever it means to them. Just like our lyrics, which are about what's often left unsaid but that's applicable to a lot of different situations and we really want people to make whatever meaning they want from that.

Is there one song off the EP you'd call your favorite?

Sarah: For me it's probably "Reducer", which was the first single we released off the EP. We've been opening with that song a lot at our shows and just the beginning when the beat comes in it's so good and it makes me think about the experience of playing to a crowd and our boys really enjoy playing that song live.

J.R.: I think that my favorite song off the EP, right now, is "Hear Me Out" [laughs]. I think that I really like the ending, it's had people singing along at shows. It's one of the songs from this EP that was written the earliest and I think it's a nice blend. It's right at the intersection of all the other songs on the album; "Hear Me Out" borrows bits and pieces from the vibes of the other songs and "Hear Me Out" is song 3 on the EP and it's appropriately at the intersection of all the other songs.

In one sentence, how would you sum up Letters From Another State?

J.R.: Hmm. Sarah, you take that one.

Sarah: [Laughs] It's really hard... The EP is a modern take on foundational indie influences with an interesting combination of synths, dual vocals, and violin.

J.R.: I think Narrow Waves is a band that I've always wanted to be in, before it even existed, and I hope people enjoy the record and that they enjoy listening to it - hopefully on repeat - as much as we've enjoyed bringing this group together. We have a lot of momentum as a band right now, we've got a lot of great new material we're going to start recording in the next couple of months and, in the meantime, we hope this EP will tide people over and be something that they can call their own and enjoy as much as we enjoyed making it.

What do you hope listeners are able to take away from your music?

Sarah: In our wildest dreams, we would hope that these songs can help people and serve as a window into their own lives the way that a lot of our influencers - particularly in the indie rock world - have done for us. Beyond that, we also just really want people to enjoy and have fun listening to them. J.R.?

J.R.: [Laughs] This is one of the good parts of having dual vocalists, we can call in a lifeline pretty easily, whether it's in an interview or on stage; and in fairness to Sarah, it's more often than not, me calling in the lifeline. I really liked what Sarah said about, if these songs can give to somebody who hears them a fraction of what we've gleaned from the influences that inspired us to write them, that's huge. I hope that people find meaning in the music but also the lyrics.

Sarah: Yeah, there's layers to it. On the face of it it's fun music but, below that, we are writing from a deep place and J.R. in particular who writes a lot of our songs really has roots in poetry, so we hope that it's a layered experience where it's both fun and enjoyable - and that really is the goal of it for all of us - and then that there's something deeper underneath that's really rooted in deep emotion and poetry.

J.R.: Yeah and these 5 songs are equally influenced by literature as by music. The first single, "Reducer", draws a lot of inspiration from a poet named Hart Crane. He, in my opinion, was the Morrissey of his time in terms of his genius and his contributions to poetry, but he didn't really get any recognition until after he had passed away and even now he's often overlooked for his contributions to 20th century poetry. I hope that this is an EP for not just the people who love indie music, but also people who have a penchant for literature, since there's references and nods throughout the EP to those written influences as much as the musical influences.

Is there anything you want to add?

Sarah: Our EP is coming out in April and we also have a release show at Pianos in New York City in April, as well.

J.R.: We've been approached about a few different possible tours for this Summer, but we're still actively seeking opportunities to support other relevant bands, but we're definitely looking forward to being on the road this Summer for the first time. We've played with a lot of other bands and it's really been amazing to see people's response; we played our first gig less than a year ago and it's just great to see how positively reviewers and people at the shows and other bands who have come through and seen us on tour have reacted to the music. We're really thankful to the folks at Boston's great music indie venues, including Great Scott and The Middle East and many others. We've been really fortunate in just our first year of being a band to play with Mother, Esmé Patterson, Kate Mann, and a bunch of other really great indie acts who've been around longer than us but all of whom gave us great feedback and were really great to hang out with and play with when they came through our hometown in Boston.

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Tamar Eisenman by E

Catch up with singer-songwriter and guitarist Tamar Eisenman and listen to her new single "Easy Comes Free" off her upcoming album, On My Way, due out later this Spring.

What first got you interested in music and songwriting?

Tamar: I started playing the guitar when I was 6 years old so it's a really tough question actually [laughs]. When I was growing up, my big brother had a band and I always wanted to play with his band and one day they did actually invite me to play with them and then they saw that I was the better guitar player and so they quit, and I guess that's when I realized - I'm being a little bit sarcastic, of course - that I can keep on doing this. It's a form of art that I feel very comfortable with and I guess I'm a creative person in a way and I wanted to tell my story because I think that's what people do; we tell stories, we want to share our feelings, and we want to see how much we are alike in this world. Although we are different and special in many ways, we are really alike. That's kind of how things rolled into me being a musician/singer-songwriter/guitarist/whatever, it's just what I know. It is important that I ask myself - or any artist for that matter ask themself - "why are we doing what we're doing?" and if it's for a good reason, then all is good. Spreading love.

Do you remember the first song you wrote that you were really happy with?

Oh wow. Well I have two points to this. A few years ago I found a tape from when I was a kid, when I was 6 or 5, and I had wrote a song in Hebrew and I was just singing the song, I wasn't playing at the time; I found a tape of me singing a really short poem about me sitting on the beach near the sea and saying how I'm all by myself there and I'm wondering what will happen in the end and that's the song. This was when I was 5 years old and that was my first song; it was a kid's song, but it was a song that had emotion to it and a point. Years after that, in high school I wrote some songs with my friends and I remember all sorts of songs. I think the first song that really made a difference for me was this song called "Wrong Road" that was on my EP - I released an EP that had 5 songs on it in Israel - and when I wrote and recorded that song, I remember that day very clearly; it was a very important time for me and understanding that I had something here that I wanted to share. It was a song about being disappointed over a really good friend and it was a little bit therapeutic, like a lot of things we do. I found a guitar riff that I was proud of and, for me, it was like a whole new world opened up, so that was an important stage in my professional music life.

Which musicians have you been influenced by?

For part of my childhood I'd been in San Francisco and I remember listening to country music with my family. And also a lot of Israeli music, obviously, a lot of folk Israeli music. And a lot of classical music, as well, because that's what my parents liked. Then I discovered artists like The Police and Carole King and Ani DiFranco and Prince and those were really huge influences on me. And a lot of guitarists also, because I went through that path of being a professional guitarist at one point, so Eric Clapton and, of course, Jimi Hendrix was a huge influence. I mentioned my brother earlier but he really liked Jimi Hendrix and I stole all of his CDs of Jimi Hendrix and till this day he has no idea where they are [laughs]. Classic guitar but I was more listening than trying to take out solo parts and stuff like that, I was very much into trying to understand the experience, not the technical part of it. It was a combination of singer-songwriters from Carole King, Ani DeFranco, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and then more alternative bands such as The Cure and Feist. Rock folk music and all of the greats.

Is there someone that you're hooked on right now?

Oh my God yes! This might sound weird but Walk The Moon's - it was released 2 or 3 years ago - "Shut Up And Dance". It sounds a bit off, but I guess need some release and some time dancing in my living room lately, so I'm hooked on that song again [laughs]. It's a really fun song and I really like the arrangement there with the bass line and it's just a fun dance song. To be honest, that's the song that's been stuck in my head the past few days, just because of the coincidence of first hearing it at a party and then when I went shopping in the supermarket, but then I liked getting more into it and appreciating the elements of the song. Other than that, some classical music; I'm looking into some orchestration. Classical is far from what I do - I do rock, blues, folk music - but I'm trying to listen to classical music again and analyze chords and stuff like that, I find that interesting so I try to do that, as well. I listen to a lot of music.

How would you describe your sound?

The base is the melody, lyric, and guitar most of the time. Some of the time I even compose without the guitar, just in my head, or using a certain groove so it does have a lot to do with rock and blues music. The lyrics are also really important so it could be very folk-y music. I really try to combine what moves me and try to be very dedicated to that, because I like a lot of genres and sometimes it's not the right thing for a song. I'm moved by grooves and emotional feelings, so the melody is maybe not the strongest so I would say it's folk, because folk is about the lyrics and emotion or just something that a lot of people could join around. I'm trying to make the words blues and rock more complicated, but it is just rock blues or maybe alternative rock blues. I used to call it hip rock because I used to have a lot of elements of breaking beats and a lot of stops and weird grooves in my music - I still do that - but I think as time passes we grow up and the fundamental things that move me are just a good story and feeling. Alternative rock blues.

What were your inspirations behind your new single "Easy Comes Free"?

The song actually was written almost 2 years ago and it's one of those songs that wrote itself. The story is that I had a really bad fight with my partner one night and in the morning when we were still not talking about it and not agreeing on anything, that song was about that story. The interesting part about that song - besides it being a love song but a love song about a couple that understands they are entering a new phase in their life where things are not going to be easy anymore but it is going to be worth it once we keep it together - is that I was trying to be very authentic to what actually happened and in the song when I say "you" or I say "I", I switched it. The real story is when I say "I" I mean you. I tried to put myself in someone else's shoes and position, just to have that point of view so I could truly understand. The music and the guitar riffs and everything, I just wanted to keep it groovy but simple because it's about a couple that are kind of growing up. It's not a big thing and it is casual but there are a lot of beautiful things about the casual and the routine and our life together, that's what I was trying to emphasis.

Could you tell us more about your new album On My Way and what people can expect to hear?

The album On My Way is an album that combines new songs and also some songs that were released on previous albums and got new extra touches or a remix version or certain collaborations, so it's a very special album to me because it's a total of the past few years, with some new songs that address what to expect in the future. The sound is very similar to "Easy Comes Free"; easy grooves and a lot of guitars. The guitar is, obviously, the main instrument in the arrangement. It's hard to say what all the songs are about because it's a variety, but I think it tells my story from the past few years and about moving to New York a year ago and starting something new here; it wasn't out of nowhere, but it is a big thing changing things, it's really a big, big thing. Although it's been really cool circumstances and I'm having a good time, it's not easy and it comes with a lot of new things to deal with. Whoever went through something like this, from immigrating to moving to a different country, it is a big deal and it is a lot to handle; the album is, subconsciously in a way, also about that, because some of the songs are original scores from before I knew I was moving here but eventually it turned out to be more like that and that's why I also called it On My Way. It's that exciting feeling of starting something new, 'cause we rely so much on our roots and our family and everything that's familiar to us and once we change that, it's like opening a new page in our lives; no matter how old you are or what you've done before, it's starting over. It's an adventure, it's a challenge, but I'm really enjoying it. I'm happy this album is going to be released this Spring and it's welcoming myself to New York and this whole new market and bringing some good vibes and personal blues to life.

Is there a track off the album you'd call your favorite?

I think "Easy Comes Free" is my favorite, if I have to choose. I love all the songs, I wouldn't have put on any of the songs if I didn't think it was complete or that it represented me or had something to say to the world, but "Easy Comes Free" is at least one of my favorites. It's relatively new and it's very honest and I like the simplicity in it and the way that it's a very simple 'you and I' song but that it's very, very true.

How would you sum up On My Way in one sentence?

I'll quote one of my songs that are on the album - though it's not from the "On My Way" track - because I think it can represent the album nicely.

I'm dreaming fast on a highway to a new start.

What do you hope listeners are able to take away from your music?

I really hope that people who listen to my music will feel good and happy and also kind of expect the pain in their lives and try to grow from it because that's what we all are trying to do. I hope it makes them be a nicer person, maybe, because it is about love, working for love, and opening our hearts to people around us, close and far, that we agree with and that we don't agree with. Really just always trying to make things good for everyone with compromises sometimes, but with thinking good and thinking with an open heart. That's would I would hope for and, generally, for my music to be a little piece in that structure I hope we build. When I do my music, even if it's coming from a very sad, deep, or painful place, I know that I try to wrap it with also some optimistic elements and it's more about the layers that are trying to transform something hard to something good.

Is there anything you want to add?

I have a show coming up at the Rockwood Music Hall on March 10th and I also have a release show at Joe's Pub at the Public - that's a really great venue in New York - on May 5th.

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