Little Hurt  Electric Music Magazine interview

When did you decide that a career in music was for you?  Who are your musical inspirations?


My first memory of really feeling in love with music was my dad driving me up to Ojai, CA when I was really young. We had The Beatles White album on cassettes and apparently by the end of that trip I had memorized every single lyric on that record. My inspirations are all over the place - I find something inspiring in most of the things I hear. 


Can you tell us about "Alaska" – what was the inspiration for the song?


“Alaska” was just me expressing something I think we’ve all felt. That need to throw everything away and start again somewhere else. 


How do you handle social media and do you think its a good or bad thing?


If it wasn’t important to me as an artist to connect with my fans, I think I’d certainly be on social media less. That being said, if the question is “is social media good or bad” I mean, I’d have to say it’s good. It’s special the way the world is so connected now. It’s also exhausting and I find myself exhausted a lot, there is so much to keep up with. 


What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?


I’ve only done a few shows as Little Hurt, but I’ve done thousands with my old band. That being said - I’m certain that my best show is yet to come and that’s exciting!


If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?


There’s actually a lot of cool places in the UK I’ve always dreamt of playing. When everything gets back to normal we’ll have to make that happen!


What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?


There’s been so many special moments - from playing all the late night TV shows (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, etc.) to playing to huge crowds at festivals like Lollapalooza and Firefly. Above all of those things, it means the most to me to be told that I have made my hometown of Kansas City proud, because I’m very proud of where I’m from. 


If you were not a musician what would you be doing?


Probably something in the culinary world. It’s definitely my biggest passion outside of music and I find that it accesses the same part of my brain – you can be incredibly creative with cooking. 


What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?


I’m not sure if there is one specifically, but the most formative things I’ve learned I think I read in Jack Kerouac books. 


What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situation? Can you tell us how this has affected you personally, how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?


This has been a really scary time. And a particularly strange time to launch a new music project during all of this chaos. That being said I feel a bit blessed to be an introverted person because it’s easier for me to stay shut away than I think it is for a lot of other people I know. This, like literally everything else - will pass. 


What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?


Be authentic. 


If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?


I really want to write with Julia Michaels because I think she’s a genius and operates on a higher level than a lot of other folks out there. 


What has the rest of the year got in store for you?


I have a lot more songs to write for you everyone!   More new music releases and live shows as soon as we can safely do them again.


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