“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.