Currently on tour with Alex and Sierra, Andy Grammer sat down with Blast’s Madeline Knutson to speak about his tour plans, his latest album, and his love for his fans.
Grammer released his self-titled album in 2011, which led to his single, “Keep Your Head Up,” gaining platinum certification. This past August, he released his latest collection of songs under the album title, “Magazines or Novels.”
Blast: Your song “Keep Your Head Up” came out in 2011. It’s all about positivity and finding the good in every situation. Are you a naturally positive person? What makes you happy?
Grammer: Yeah, I definitely lean to the positive side. I’m a pretty happy dude. Really good music and lyrics makes me happy. When a crowd all sings something together, whether it’s my lyrics or not, that is really amazing. There is this bond with everyone because you all love the same music and are all there in that moment.
Blast: You’re really fan friendly. It’s made evident by the tweets and Instagram posts on the front page of your website. What has been your best interaction with a fan?
Grammer: The most memorable interaction happened in LA. A girl came up to me in a diner and told me that I saved her life. I asked her what she meant. She said that she was on a bridge in her car and was ready to drive off and end her life. Suddenly, “Keep Your Head Up” came on the radio and she listened to, it changed her mind about the whole thing, and she drove home. That was an incredible moment for me.
Blast: Your latest album Magazines or Novels came out in August. Where did you come up with that title and what song do you feel is the best representation of the album?
Grammer: I enjoy messing with sounds that are outside my comfort zone. I like pop and almost-pop sounds. However, often what comes with that is that the song has a quick burn or cheesy lyrics. I wanted to make an album that was shiny and grabbed your attention with its sounds but also had music that I cared about. I tried to walk the line between those two. A magazine is something you read and throw away and a novel is something you treasure and hold onto. I wanted to be both of those. The album is a pretty varied landscape. There is some hip-hop, some folk rock, and some rock. I really can’t pick just one song honestly. “Honey, I’m Good” is doing really well and that gets across my idea. It is pretty pop-y but about a deeper topic.
Blast: The music video for “Honey, I’m Good” has a lot of fans in it and overall a very personal feel. Who came up with that idea? And was it your favorite video to make so far?
Grammer: My manager and I were trying to come up with an idea to get the point of the song across. It’s almost risqué, because it’s like a love song but you are singing it to someone else. The song is about staying with someone that you love and we wanted to celebrate that bond so we had my fans show how long they had been married. For my music videos, I have two favorites. Feeling-wise, it would be “Honey, I’m Good” because it always makes me feel really good when I listen to it. Production-wise, it would have to be “Back Home”.
Blast: You are about to start your tour with Alex and Sierra soon. What is your favorite part of touring and what is your favorite song to perform?
Grammer: I love performing “Back Home” because it is such a big song, but I feel like “Honey, I’m Good” is going to be fun to perform too. I love that I can just be me. I get to run around the country and be in a room with everyone that loves the same music. The hardest part is the lack of sleep and not having a routine, like at home.
Blast: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given and what would be your best piece of advice to our readers?
Grammer: The best piece of advice I was given was from my dad when I was entering high school. He told me that all the cool people change, so be nice to everybody. My best advice would be that it’s all about service. If you can create something that makes people happy, that’s what it’s all about. It’s about what you can do with someone else, as opposed to your own ego and how “cool” you are. Can you make someone’s night?
Blast: Most of your songs tell a story and listeners can really relate to them. Do you write based on things that have happened to you and what inspires your lyrics?
Grammer: I write about my own life as much as I can. I wrote 100 songs, but after a while, I got tapped out on my own stuff. I pull from different people in my life. My inspiration is like Newton with gravity. He was the first one to write about what that was, but everyone agreed after that that they had always felt it. A good song does that somehow. I want to capture that feeling, whether I’ve had it or someone else has.
Be sure to check out Andy Grammer on tour with Alex and Sierra. They will be hitting Boston on March 19 at the House of Blues. Also, follow Andy on Twitter at @AndyGrammer and check out his latest album Magazines or Novels.