Featured Artist: Gideon Grove

February 26, 2013

This week we’re featuring local singer-songwriter Gideon Grove before he hits the stage at this weekend’s BUNCEAROO show at Foundation Gallery and Liveroom. We spoke to Gideon about the creative process for his recently-released record Wildfires, inspirations, DC, and more.

Catch him live this Saturday night at FNDTN with Honor By August’s Michael Pearsall.

What moment prompted you to become the musician you are today?

I’m not sure there is a specific moment that made me want to become a musician. I was brought up in a musical family and was pushed into it because my other siblings were pursuing it.

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

There are so many musicians and songs that inspire me. The list is pretty extensive. I think across many Jonrose what inspires me is music that communicates an idea in a simple but yet profound way. Music that makes my heart pump and the goosebumps come out.

Being a local singer-songwriter, in what way does the DC music scene influence your music?

I’m not sure that being in Dc affects the music that I write. However, I think it is great being in a city, not known for music, linking up with other like-minded artists producing art.

Your record “Wildfires” came out late last year – how has the reception to it been so far?

Responses have been really positive and it has been overwhelming for me. iTunes listed it as a best of 2012 for singer songwriters which was a huge honor.

Could you talk about the creative process, from songwriting and recording the record?

Well my song writing style is pretty intense. I am always writing and piecing together melodies, lyrics On a day in and day out basis. I think like every other artist you wait for those moments when songs come out like a breath. There’s really no rhyme or reason to the way I write songs but I try to make a habit of constantly writing.

What’s the meaning behind the album title?

The name for the record wildfires came from a picture which became a cover. The picture is of little boy little girl in the field. They happen to be my aunt and uncle and the photo was taken when they were really young. The song wildfires is really a story of a little boy little girl who grew up together Playing and living life in a field. As they get older one of them passes away or moves away or loses touch. As that other person drives by that old field they grew up in, the field is inflamed with fires. That person then sings about the fires destroying the field they grew up in which was a precious memory. As well, the person sings About the wildfires burning up their heart.

What do you look forward to most when playing your show at Foundation Gallery & Liveroom?

I look forward to playing for a small crowd that will be attentive listeners. I also look forward to playing with my good friend Michael Pearsall from the band honor by August

What can your fans expect from you in the rest of 2013?

Hopefully I will be putting out some more music As well as playing more shows around the country

Favorite guilty pleasure musicians?

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