Featured : John Lowell Anderson
We talk New Releases, Adidas commercials and being the opening act for 'The Oh Hellos' with John Lowell Anderson. You can listen to John's latest release Dusk / Dawn here.
"Often times its easy to think "Why my music? There's so, so much out there, what about my music will stick with someone.""
What is your story in music to date?: I've been songwriting and film scoring for about 6 years total. Music is my most honest and accurate form of communication. It allows me to navigate my life sincerely and (hopefully) shed light to others in their own darkness.
Who are your influences in music? And what are you currently listening to?: Noah Gundersen, Bon Iver, and James Taylor are my strongest influences in my writing. Currently, I'm still listening to the 1975's record "i like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful..." which released about a year ago. It still sounds new to me, the production continues to blow my mind. I've also been listening to Gundersen's 80's rock band Young in the City quite a bit.
How does it feel being part of the independent music scene?: I find it equal parts exciting, encouraging, and challenging. Often times its easy to think "Why my music? There's so, so much out there, what about my music will stick with someone." On the other hand, I do believe in what I've created, I think it's just a matter of people hearing it. As much as the independent music culture is over-saturated and crowded, I'd always rather have more good music than less.
What's been your career highlights to date?: As far as scoring goes, right now I'm working on the score for an Adidas commercial. In my songwriting career, opening for The Oh Hellos remains to be my highlight.
What would be your dream collaboration and why? : If I could make anything with Justin Vernon, that would be it. I honestly believe anything that man releases is gold. Everything between his production work with The Staves and his songwriting in 22 A Million span genres but his style shines through it all beautifully.
What's the story behind your releases to date?: : Dusk / Dawn is my latest release. It has been about a year in the making and my favorite piece of work yet. It both describes and is the product of a journey through a single evening. This record is born from the hope of finding peace amidst uncertainty. My good friend Jacob Williams did a great deal in the final production. This record is much closer to the sound I'm continually trying to achieve, and I believe the message carries throughout the experience.
What do you get the most out of? Studio or Live performance?: That's tough to decide. Ideally, live performance becomes the visceral manifestation of the message I try to create in the studio. There are major differences between having an audience's attention in a venue vs an individual listening to a record in their decided space. Both are powerful, being able to curate a record for that individual experience is challenging but rewarding. And playing a live show yields a little less control to the artist, but man it's fun.
What would you be doing for a career if music hadn't come a knocking?: Probably teaching English Lit. I love discussing good books.
What's next for you? Future plans?: I want more people to hear this record, and hopefully be able to plan some shows across the country.
You can find more from John Lowell Anderson over at northnote.com