“Life Is Good” is a song I wrote and produced about being with the right person at the right time. It’s about riding the up’s and down’s and appreciating what each day has to offer. Life isn’t always perfect, but having that someone special makes it all worth it.
“Dust & Bone” was written with the talented Syd Duran and Drew Lerdal. Syd comes from the rock world, and is the lead singer of the band Valora. She has a powerhouse of a voice. We wanted something big, and ground-shaking. We wanted the women in the story to be the strong one; the one you fear. Guess it struck a chord!
“Never Gonna Give Up” was written when I was going through a lull. The music industry can be a wild roller coaster, and it was kind of a pep talk to myself. At first I thought it was a little too trite and obvious, but the more I sat with it the more I understood what it needed to be - simple, honest, and to the point.
“Portal” was a fun one. I originally scored it for an XBOX commercial, but loved it so much that I decided to make it into a full song. It has everything you need for a good time - chopped vocals, dubby sounds and a grooving beat. It was a perfect backdrop for the Veronica Mars party scene.
“Brand New Start” came about after 3 big life changes. I had recently broken up with a longtime girlfriend, quit my job, and moved into a new apartment. It was scary at first, but after some good fortune and a little luck things started to look up. I took a walk to get a burrito and when I got back the song just flowed out naturally.
“Don’t Take My Summer Away” was initially written for DNCE, but after that fell through it ended up finding a good home in the movie WISH UPON as well as on the official soundtrack. It’s a pretty straight forward story about a summer fling - so fun while it lasts, you never want it to end.