We want to get to know more about the heart of the art! What has been your craziest experience when creating your album?
For ‘Cacophony’, it was definitely right in the middle of quarantine in June 2020. We used the thermometer gun thingy so much it was credited on the album! Social distance is fairly easy in a big recording studio like Tiny Telephone out here in northern California. The other crazy part (besides wearing masks and taking temperatures while recording) was writing most of the songs in two days. If you’ve got a goal, nothing beats a deadline!
Does an experience like that push you to really love the art form or can it be challenging at times?
Last year affected everyone. I was about to become a parent for the first time, and it was smack in the middle of a pandemic. Making this record was important for me for a lot of reasons. Would it be my last one? Would I ever get to tour again? Would any of us get to leave our homes and travel? The stakes were very high for the band when we spent that week together making it. A lot of times, making art is a snapshot of a moment, and the album ‘Cacophony’ will remain a big, scary, but colorful one in my catalog!
How do you know when your heart is really in something?
What a great question. Sometimes it’s an inability to walk away from it — whether it’s a song, or a painting, or a music video, or even a meal I’m making for guests. There’s no way I will give up on it until it’s complete and unto itself. And often, the opposite is true, too. There’s a whole lot of terrible demos, video ideas, and scrapped recipes in my history. It’s ok to walk away. You should never be ashamed to abandon it and just order a pizza.
How do you know when it is time to take a breather?
My attention span wanes. I’ll start making dumb mistakes. My eyes get buggy. The thought of continuing on becomes a burden. Most of the time, a good walk in nature fixes anything.
Is there advice you can give to the artist that is having trouble differentiating the two?
Identity is very hard to find for an artist, especially with the blurring lines of social media. Authenticity is something worth cultivating. Some of the artists I follow and enjoy seem so effortless in how they present themselves and their work. But for every perfect Instagram or Tik Tok video, there’s probably a dozen outtakes and tries that got deleted. There’s a lot to be said for letting things simmer like a good stew. Most of the time, my songs have a lot of versions and demos before anyone hears them. ‘Highway 101’, my new single, was written 10 years ago! Its time has come, though. It’s ok to savor and save things. Sometimes it’s better.
Do you see yourself as a mentor?
Giving back is important. My idea of mentorship is expressing my availability to people in any topic around which my experience can help. Sometimes it’s as a musician. Sometimes it’s helping with career advice. Right now, it’s been a lot of helping new dads step in and show up to their new dadness!
Do you mentor anyone currently?
There are a few people in my life with whom that relationship could be referred to in that way, and I’d be honored by it if so.
Does this crazy music ride just make your journey that much enjoyable?
Songwriting is the easiest emo journalling ever! Listening to stuff from years back gives me a little mile marker into how far I’ve come as a human being. There’s a lot of gratitude in perspective. It’s not guaranteed. People can be afraid of it. My friend recently said ‘Not everyone does self work.’ ‘Know thyself’ is a great place to start.
Where can we rock out to your music?
Links to the socials, the streams, and tour dates are all over at www.thegreghoy.com
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