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Steve Grand’s second album ‘Not the End of Me’ is out today: ”These songs are like pages from my diary’

It’s hard to believe that its’ been five years since Steve Grand became an instant YouTube sensation with his song All-American Boy and its fabulous video.

Steve is releasing his second album today titled Not the End of Me.

He gave an interview to Queerty about that and more.

Here are some excerpts:

On sudden fame: Things took off so quickly for me five years ago when my first video came out. My head was spinning. I’d spent my whole life trying to figure out how to get people to care about my music, and when it finally happened I realized that I’d spent no time thinking about what to do on Day 2. And I really don’t think there’s any way to ever prepare someone for that, let alone a guy like me. I grew up in the suburbs. I didn’t have any connections to the music industry. I just did it all myself. It was scary. On a professional level, I didn’t know what I was doing. I was 23 and there was still a lot of my own insecurities and demons I had to work through. It’s hard when you’re working through that stuff and you have to keep on a public face and people start having opinions about you.

On the new album: This album was just a giant exercise in catharsis for me. I started writing music when I was 11 or 12 because I was going through adolescence feeling like I was a weird kid. I was not really understanding my sexuality, and it was a way to make myself feel understood. It was very therapeutic. Even more so than the ones on the first record, these songs are very personal. They’re dark because I went through some dark things. I dealt with a lot of my own internal demons.

Generally, the pressures that I felt have played into what I’m feeling and it gets translated into something on the record. These songs are like pages from my diary. Every one reflects what I was feeling at a very specific moment in time. So a lot is stuff that I’ve already dealt with and let go of. This is kind of like my final way of dealing with it and putting it to rest. That’s how I deal with things. It seems I deal with things more effectively when I’m able to communicate them in a piece of art.

On juggling recording with touring: For the first time in five years I took some time off from traveling to finish the record. I was taking too long on it. I always have trouble saying no [to gigs] because I feel so lucky to be getting work at this point. It’s something I never want to take for granted. I finally had to tell my booking agent, for a couple months let’s keep my travel light so I can finish the record. If I get shows on the weekend I’ll still take those.

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