What are your inspirations for your lyrics and songs? Do they come from experiences or is it more like story telling?
Yes. And yes. I don't really have a set formula, some of them are literally things that happen to me, some are things that happen to friends or other people, some are things that haven't happened, some are just thoughts that appear in my head.
You're a YouTube sensation, have moved on to iTunes music store and selling your own CD's and merchandise. What's next?
Hahaha I think 'sensation' must be considered hyperbole! But the last year has been fun, actually starting to sell music was a big step for me. I released three things in the second half of 2009, and none of them were an actual studio album, so that should really be next… But then I've been saying that will be the next thing I do for the last two years. I've got a lot of plans for Scratch That Records as well, which should all begin once the website launches. Oh, and I'm also house hunting right now!
Name a band or musician, past or present, who you flat-out LOVE and think more people should be listening to. What is one of your all-time favourite recordings by this band/musician?
My standard answer is anything that Conor Oberst has been near. But more recently I have fallen in love with a band called The Mountain Goats. A lot of their recordings are lo-fi, but that really highlights the quality of the song writing, which is just brilliant. I suggest the album All Hail West Texas or for a fuller, more polished sound, try The Sunset Tree.
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