“Wish I’d written that” song: “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot. Is there a better, more positive message out there?
Favorite song to cover live: It’s been a couple years, but “The Distance” by the band Cake will always be a favorite for its groove and ability to get a crowd of people moving.
Most important album I ever bought: Dreaming Out Loud by OneRepublic. This album was the foundation for my infatuation with good songwriting. It’s littered with a perfect blend of electric and acoustic instruments, was produced at such a high quality, and is something I often listen to whenever I’m looking for songwriting inspiration.
Artists more people should know about: I have three very different artists that come to mind, the first being OptycNerd, good friends of ours who can be considered a “pop-hop” duo. We released a track, “Terrified,” about a year ago that featured them; you can find it on YouTube. Then there’s Pandas & People, a folk-pop band we’ve been friends with for years that’s perfect for fans of Mumford & Sons. You should also check out Iolite, a newer friend from Denver who’s currently based out of Nashville. Her music is an alt-pop artist in the vein of Halsey, with catchy melodies that are worthy of your attention.
Guilty Pleasure: None! I’m often given a hard time for listening to and enjoying country music, but I don’t feel guilty for it. I appreciate great songwriting and storytelling.