Andy Grammer says he and Gavin DeGraw are on a “bromance of a tour.”
“I remember being a huge fan of ‘Chariot’ during the end of my first year in college,” he says. “I love that record. And I’m not just a big fan, we’re really good friends, too. Our bands are really tight; some of his band members played with me for a while, and vice versa.”
Following up on “Fine By Me” and “Keep Your Head Up,” the singer-songwriter’s 2014 sophomore album, “Magazines or Novels,” featured the triple-platinum, temptation-thwarting toe-tapper, “Honey, I’m Good.” Now Grammer, 32, is promoting “Fresh Eyes,” another effervescent feel-good single about finding new reasons to love the ones we love.
He called in from the bus between Nashville and Ohio to discuss his upcoming third album, his songwriting process and why he's cool with his love-positive lyrics.
How far along are you with the third album?
It’s definitely hard to say, but writing-wise, I’m in the third quarter. I like to write about 100 songs. I’m coming up around 75.
That’s a lot of songs. Is this your normal process?
I don’t know. I did it for my last album, and “Honey I’m Good” was the 101st song I wrote. So I guess I don’t want to stop just yet. [Laughs]
Do you ever go back to those other 80 or 90 songs that didn’t make the cut?
Sometimes you reuse them, but usually you’ve just done better than them and that’s what makes the album. My analogy is when you see a movie with the most amazing chase scene, but the rest of the story isn’t the best. That’s kind of what those songs are.
It’s like a Jason Bourne movie.
Totally. The thing about art is that when it’s done right, it’s kind of effortless. Sometimes you write things that are effortless when they come out, but you have to painstakingly go through 20 or more to get to that one. They also say, with art, you can't say whether it's good or bad, and I think that’s kind of not true. When I was a street performer sometimes people stopped and sometimes people didn’t stop. There’s a science to it. You have it or you don’t.
Do you think your time busking plays a role in your life as an artist now?
I think it does do a little bit for me — knowing that you either provide a service for someone or not. When I was performing on the street, I could feel the moments where there's a service being done and someone is giving their attention versus you’re just giving to their ears. One of the two are happening.
So “Fresh Eyes” is the single from the forthcoming album that’s out right now, and it’s about reinforcing an already existing relationship. How did that angle come about?
When you’re in a relationship for a longer period of time, you have to rediscover a person. It just happens in every good relationship. There are those moments when you’re like, “Oh shoot, I don’t fully know you,” and that makes it so much more fully interesting.
You’ve sort of become the poster child for healthy, happy relationships.
I guess, but it’s funny though. You look at Adam Levine, who can have a bunch of hits about tortured love. Why can’t I just have ones about solid love?
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