What could the world use more of? -Always more cowbell.
Letting go means leaving something behind.
WARM & BREEZY
Title track, ‘Crooked Line’ sets the tone for a revival and caustic ambience to lure the ears into Sun Culture.
Crafts the perfect soundtrack for hot summer days.
Photo Credit: Mikaela Hamilton Photography
Sun Culture, a distinctive name. Tell us more:
The whole idea for this project centered around fun music that had a summery vibe to it. I was thinking a lot about beaches and sunny days when we worked on this music.
How did Music find you?
I have always loved writing songs, and began pursuing that at a young age. I eventually signed with a major label as a solo artist and released a record, then returned to my first love: making music independently. That’s how Sun Culture was born.
Does your musical inspiration derive from Nashville?
Nashville inspires me in many ways. I get to soak in the amazing music scene here and listen to all kinds of great new bands and songs, and I am also motivated by the immense pool of talent here, both as a songwriter and a producer.
Sun Culture, where was it recorded? Was the Album culminated to tell a story as a whole, or a compilation of eight songs over time?
Sun Culture was one of the last records to come out of Fantasy Land Studio in Gallatin, TN before they moved to their new location in Nashville. My friend Jordan and I co-produced the record, and we wrote most of the songs while we were in the studio. As a result, I think this album is very much a snapshot of a moment in time for me.
Would you share a story behind one of the songs?
Crooked Line is particularly meaningful to me because it speaks to how difficult it is to start over with something new. In many ways, this is how I felt about making the record. I was scared to start something new, and I knew it would take a lot of work, but I knew it was worth it. When we sat down to discuss the order of the songs, this was a clear choice to open the album.
What does the perfect summer day look like to you?
I’d love to be sipping lemonade outside with good friends and something delicious on the grill.
Everyone is always looking for new music. Shout-out to who you cannot get enough of lately:
I’ve been really digging the new Magic Man and Strange Talk albums. Both very solid.
How did/have you grown as a songwriter since the Sun Culture Album?
I tried to tackle some more complex topics on this record than what I’ve written in the past and tried to draw inspirations from some unexpected places.
There are hints that Sun Culture will be releasing a new single, ‘Young Blood.’ What is the essence behind this song?
The song is all about the feeling of being young and invincible. It’s about those nights where you think you could can take on the world and win.
When in Nashville you must…
Visit Pancake Pantry! It just doesn’t get better than a good batch of fresh pancakes.
Sun Culture is hosting a Dinner Party. Fill in the blanks…
The dinner party is at Panda Express, because I have a serious addiction. I arrive in my spacious yet gas-efficient Kia Soul, wearing shorts and a tee along with the most glorious set of Crocs your eyes have ever beheld. I walk through the door with a Russian supermodel on my arm, much to the surprise of Abraham Lincoln, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and of course Juan Pablo. We listen to three copies of Yeezus on repeat, while drinking the finest Italian wines, coupled with value meals from Taco Bell. If the conversation is lacking, I simply attempt to present Ms. Swift with an award, then sit back and enjoy.
Sun Culture has always wondered why?
Sun Culture has always wondered why not.
On a final note: A quote or piece of advice that will always stay with you?
“Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I cannot tell you how much this means to me. It really is true, pursue your passions and find a way to support yourself doing what you love.