Paul Grant, known by the moniker Eyelid Kid, is a young artist reinventing the way our generation listens to music. He is making strides in the industry by releasing music we love. His songs focus on the aspects of production that we might not always remember to listen to. These nuances paired with the fundamental layering of his tracks is intriguing and represents the music of a new decade. He will be on tour at the Sultan Room in New York City on Saturday 18th at 7pm.
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His interest in music started at a young age, while growing up Grant was surrounded by different instruments. His father was a musician so picking up an instrument happened pretty naturally. When he was in middle school, he and his older brother started to pick up instruments like the piano and the guitar. As a self-taught musician, Grant states that he originally learned standard rock and roll songs but would later use this knowledge to move into the genres of electronic, hip-hop, and pop. This collective makes his music stand out among others since the influences he has shown in his tracks make the listener focus on the nuances that add to the depth of his music.
When asked what his favorite instrument to play is, Grant mentioned that he is currently using a drum pad with vocal samples. Though he says he is best at the guitar, there is just something special about the drums. During his shows you can catch him playing a floor tom, which leads to a different aspect of instrumentation we don’t normally see.
Currently Grant is in the midst of recording a full-length album that is mostly produced and mastered. His focus has been on finishing a song before adding aspects of production to the track. For Grant, one of the most important parts of his writing process is the inspiration. To prep for writing new tracks, he chooses to not listen too much music since it may influence the direction the song was initially going in. When writing a song, the track starts as an instrumental piece with scat words scattered throughout—these are placeholders for the lyrics we will later hear in the track. For his latest album, he hopes that the lyrics will speak for themselves before the layering in production kicks in. This is prominent in the single he released, “Rosegold,” that focuses on the instrumental parts of the song and places an emphasis on the lyrics that are present.
When asked what his artist of the decade is, Grant mentioned that it had been Drake. Artists, like Frank Ocean, were also in his top five. As Grant says, “Frank Ocean is an insane artist and his songs have a lot of depth to them.” Ocean is also an artist Grant would love to collaborate with based on the emotion placed behind the lyrics. Currently Grant is listening to Brockhampton, an American rap collective formed in San Marcos, Texas. The format of groups like Brockhampton is interesting; Grant is actually part of a project, known as Home Remedy, that is similar in nature. He believes this is a future format other groups will utilize since it is a way to pull inspiration from so many other people.
Since Grant hails from Austin, Texas, we asked him about the local scene in the area. He states that it is full of “hometown support. The people in the local scene are so supportive.” Grant joined an art collective when he finished high school and ended up headlining shows, which was a momentum gaining experience. Though the scene tends to focus on psych-rock he is proud to see that venues are opening up to other genres like pop and electronic.
When asked what he does when he is not making music, Grant discussed the importance of the outdoors in his life. “In Austin, there are springs, and camp-grounds that I would go to a lot when I was younger.” He states that he enjoys rock climbing and that during tour there will definitely be some moments where he can enjoy the great outdoors.
In 2020, Grant will be releasing a new album and going on tour! He is also hoping to book a more prominent role in the acting world. One thing he hopes his fans get out of his new album is the story he is hoping to tell. “I want to put out music I am proud of.”
Don’t forget to check out Eyelid Kid’s music and get tickets for tour!
Jack Gray Interview
Interviewer: Jeanine Woody (Station Manager)
Interviewee: Jack Gray
We spoke with Australian artist Jack Gray about his journey in the music industry thus far. His music is inspirational and personal. The singer, writer, and producer was born in North Queensland, Australia and had recently moved to Los Angeles, California. During the phone call, Jack informed us that he was in the midst of recording his first album in Sydney, Australia-- we were super hyped to learn more about his writing process and his love of music.
Music is my one true love
Jack has been enthralled with music ever since he was young. His father was a drummer and would perform at different pubs while he was growing up. He cites his father as an influence for his musical growth. Since he was exposed to the art of music at an early age, his love of music has only grown since then. It might seem corny, but music is a universal language that shares so much emotion and experience in many different forms.
Everyone in Jack’s family learned how to play an instrument so we asked him if he had a favorite. According to Jack, he goes through phases. There was a time when the bass guitar was his first choice because “there’s just something about a groovy bass-line that gets the body moving.” On the other hand, there is the piano, which is the perfect instrument to write [songs] on. And he could not forget the drums, since his dad is a drummer and there is something special about letting out ones frustration through the instrument. At the end of the day, Jack claims that the guitar would have to be his favorite. It is the first instrument he learned how to play. It’s “his baby girl.”
When asked what types of guitars he owns, he told us about how he recently acquired before he moved to Los Angeles. The acoustic guitar is from the Australian company Maton; it is a EBG808L, also known as The Australian. The reason he chose this specific guitar is because it was fitting that he owned something to remind him of home.
I have the luxury of time
Jack’s first EP was actually created in his bedroom and is personal to him since it was a super hands on experience with a small studio set-up. His writing process would change depending on what came to him first. Sometimes he would create a drum loop or a guitar riff first and other times it could be a bass line or a synth sound. When creating the melody Jack says he would either humm the rhythm or have an idea of the hook that would work around the beats previously created. One thing that remains the same throughout his process is that he needs to feel something.
Now I’ve got no friends, how did this happen again,
I need you to stop f---ing with them
When he was living in Sydney [Australia] he was with a girl who ultimately ended up being toxic for him. Jack was blinded by a lot of what was happening and he started to put her before his friends. Looking back, he says his friends saw something he originally didn’t. The above lyric resonates with him because of the experience and growth he had.
Inspiration comes from everywhere. When we asked Jack about what artists inspire him to be a better artists he cited Dominic Fike and Jack Garratt. In high school he listened to a lot of Australian bands like, Ballpark Music, and Sticky Fingers. The realm he gravitated towards was indie-rock pop. Jack also spent a year in college pursuing a degree in music. His friends introduced him to Drake, Khalid, and Frank Ocean.
A question we tend to ask artists we interview is used to start a conversation about the music industry. When asked if an artists’ unreleased music should be released after they’ve passed away, Jack brought up that he recently spoke to one of his good friends about this in regards to XXTentaction. He states that someone who is close to the artist should be the one who puts out the songs since they would know what the artist wants. In the end it shouldn’t be up to the industry or the record label to decide what the artist puts out.
As a younger artist in the industry, Jack expressed the struggles he had and the support he has received. Jack says, “there are a lot of people in the industry that don’t have your best interests at heart, so surround yourself with a good network of people around you.”
He spoke a little bit about the new album he plans on releasing when we discussed the importance of living in the moment. The song, “One Step Back,” is about being constantly stuck in your own ways and need to take a step back to see what is real and what is important. Jack wants to try to find the time to take a moment to live life.
The new album is more minimalistic; the first record Jack released was about finding himself as a musician and getting his footing in the industry. This first release was an important chapter in Jack’s life. The new release will focus on his experiences growing up and finding himself.
We are so hyped to see what Jack does in 2020 and the journey his musical career he will go on in the future. Jack’s music is timeless and deserves more recognition so be sure to check out his music and social media!
Echosmith is a band I have listened to since middle school. Their music is inspiring and expresses what it is like to be growing up in today’s day and age. Once I heard they were dropping a new album, Lonely Generation, I was ecstatic to see their growth. The introduction of new forms of layering, more intricate baselines with the same upbeat enthusiasm that was present in their first album is alluring. The progression the band has experienced over the years is striking yet true to who they are. I spoke with Sydney about the writing process as well as her goals for the future.
When discussing Lonely Generation, Sydney said that, this new album is like a diary, it represents what the band has been through the past couple of years. The good the bad and everything in between. We wanted the album to feel right to us. Everything was so intentional and felt good to us.
She also mentioned that the music industry has become something where everything happens so fast and the band wanted to keep the art of the full-length album alive, which makes the process and the end product so much more personal.
Drinking from a broken glass, don’t realize
I asked her about the title track of the album and Sydney said, “We have been feeling this way and for lonely generation it felt important to talk about the balance between real life and social media.” She believes it is important to find a connection between others through music because we aren’t so alone in the world. This new album is so much more personal. The first album came out when she was about 14 to 15 but to now, she has experienced so much more life in a deeper way.
Songwriting is about telling a story and we have so much more to say.
Echosmith will be going on tour shortly! On the topic of tour Sydney mentioned that, “Tour is such a fun experience since we get to meet our fans and have that face to face interaction. We love meet and greets because give our fans some real hugs and real love.” One of the best parts is that the band is able to meet people who they may have been talking to on Twitter for years and finally see them in person. The tour is going to incorporate a super dynamic show with new layers. One of Sydney’s hopes is that people will leave their show feeling happier.
Sydney wants Echosmith to be remembered as leaving a great impression on those who listen to their music. As a band they want to give people a little more hope and love to feel like they can get through whatever it is they are going through. The impact they hope to have, and one of their goals is to help people out through our music.
Sydney believes inspiration comes from everywhere. She mentioned artists from Coldplay and the Killers to Imogen Heap that have sparked some inspiration for their new album. At the end of the day, music is about whatever melody and bass line and synth sounds come out naturally based on things they love or are completely new. The opportunity to have an album released that was completely hands on and reflecting Echosmith’s hopes and dreams for the future by discussing every day life makes them such a dynamic and memorable band.
Echosmith’s new album, Lonely Generation, drops tomorrow so be sure to check it out! They will be on tour and in New York on February 13th at Le Poisson Rouge at 7pm!