Nashville based singer-songwriter Gatton is an artist that needs to be on your radar. Having recently released his EP ‘juvenescent’ at the end of April, I sat down with mastermind to chat about musical influence, dream collaborations and the best advice you’d give to your younger self.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
What made you decide that music is the right path for you?
Music has always been an integral part of my journey. As I’ve gotten older though, and life has left its painful imprints, music has become a form of oxygen. It has required me to show up as my most vulnerable self and through that has come immense healing. Often I just use music and songwriting as a means to process and heal but one of the most beautiful parts of music to me is its connecting mechanism. When others can see themselves in my story it often leaves me awestruck.
Who are your main musical influences and why?
My main musical influences are Adele, Yebba, Lizzy McAlpine, Tori Kelly, and Jennifer Hudson. I think the one thing all of these artists have in common are an unmatched ability to tell stories within their craft. They invite you in on a sacred journey into some really transparent parts of their life and they make you feel things words could not express. I want to be that.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
If I could collaborate with anyone dead or alive it would actually be a very unconventional choice. Brene Brown. Brene is an author who focuses mostly on the necessity for vulnerability in every aspect of life but specifically leadership. She has changed my life and the way I create and live and think. I would love to write some sort of poem book with her or literally just be her intern, whatever form of collaboration with her I would do.
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
The best advice I would give my younger self would be to recognize the necessity to be a student more than a teacher. To learn from every person, opportunity, experience, and setback and to never expect to get things, but to always be grateful when you do.
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