Featured Artist: John Schmitt

February 14, 2013

We’re featuring another Buncearoo artist this week, singer-songwriter  John Schmitt. We spoke to the folk-soul artist before his show with Zach Hurd at Foundation Gallery & Liveroom this weekend about an upcoming record he’s working on, playing in DC, inspirations and more! Get to know more about John Schmitt below.

Catch John Schmitt and Zach Hurd this Saturday night at Foundation Gallery & Liveroom.

When was the moment you decided you want to be a musician?

It was 1997 on a school chorus trip to perform at the Capital Building in DC when my friend drew handed me his Walkman, and he was listening to a Dave Matthews CD. I listened to it nonstop for the rest of the trip, and forced everyone staying with me in my hotel on the trip to listen. I decided then I wanted to write music and perform.

What musicians inspire you to make the music you continue to make?

My biggest influence over the last 7-10 years has been Paul Simon. He has an uncanny ability to write lyrics and language that tells both very specific and beautifully vague stories, sometimes simultaneously. He also is so talented as an arranger that it really leaves me spellbound. I am also greatly inspired by soul singers like Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye, who can sing a single line or phrase and captivate me immediately.

You’ve been working hard on a new record. What can you tell us about it?

My new album is due out in the next few months. I have decided to join forces with my two friends-in-music Lissa Farquhar and Aaron Mirman and form a group called Broken Crowns. We all met working on jingles and commercials, and have had some success, so we decided to work on a full record. We are almost ready to move into the mix phase.

When are you expected to release it?

It should be out early summer!

’ve played DC before and are coming back to the area for another show this weekend at Foundation with Zach Hurd – what did you love most about playing in our city?

I love everything about the District, and I am so excited to be playing with my friend Zach. Washington is unparalleled in the spring to visit the sights, and to have some delicious food. I love going to get Ethiopian food especially, it’s so delicious and such a fun way to eat. I am going to be back in DC on March 16th to run a half marathon, and I can’t wait! I’ve been training for months for it.

Besides a new record – what else can you fans expect from this year?

A summer of pretty intense touring, promoting my new records with the other Broken Crowns!

Who is your current guilty pleasure musician?

All-time, I say this and brace for impact, N*Sync. I know.

Thanks for talking to us at Pick-Up Productions. Any last words for the readers out there?

See you Saturday!!!

For more information on John Schmitt, visit his website, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter@johnschmitt!

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