We were fortunate enough to Interview up and coming artist Almost Owen.
1) When did you realise that you had a passion for music?
I grew up in a house with an extensive vinyl collection. Both my parents are writers and (ex)-hippies, and passed down a love for music and art to both myself and my older brother.
When broseph started taking piano lessons, I would watch intently, trying to pick things up by osmosis. After the lessons I’d run over to the keyboard and absolutely smoke at whatever he was trying to practice. At least, that’s how I remember it (sorry bro)…
After several years, a few failed rock bands, and the general misery of middle school, I began spending my weekends at a jazz club in Boston called Wallys. I’d go and sit in each weekend with, older, and MUCH better musicians than myself. I just wanted to be able to do what they did. To be one of those guys. I guess that feeling just stuck.
2) Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
I was obsessed with Bob Dylan growing up. I just loved his point of view. I felt like I knew exactly who he was when I heard him.
I was listening to Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright earlier today. In the last verse he goes “I ain’t sayin you treated me unkind, you coulda done me better but I don’t mind, you just kinda wasted my precious time, but don’t think twice it’s alright”. That’s some seriously passive aggressive shit right there. What a way to say “fuck this I’m outtie.”
I came to John Mayer after the craze, but I like his vibe a lot. Drake is crazy prolific and consistent and I love his music. Paul Simon - I guess I’m kind of all over the place.
3) What would you like to achieve as an artist?
I just want to make music that I love. Music that captures the attention and the imagination of whomever is listening to it.
It may sound basic, but sometimes I think the hardest thing to do is to make something that is both good and honest at the same time. I’d like to do that as well and for as long as I can.
4) What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
A lot of the most memorable moments don’t actually make for good stories. But here goes anyway.
Last year, I was invited to perform at the United Nation Correspondents Association dinner with my band. We drove up to New York in two four door sedans. I drive an ‘07 honda accord that’s a bit janky at this point (btw honda if you’re looking to sponsor me, hit up email@example.com). Anyway, my drummer for the gig is from NYC, so we were planning to meet him at the venue.
When we get there, we realized he had FORGOTTEN TO BRING HIS DRUM SET. We end up frantically running around to used music stores trying to buy some thrown together kit, and managed to get it together right in time for sound check.
Oh yeah, I got to meet George and Amal Clooney. That was pretty cool too.
How’d I do?
5) Who is the biggest artist you’ve worked with?
I don’t really have any ‘big name pop artist credits’ that I can flex here. Back in my ‘college’ days I was deep in the jazz drumming game. I ended up playing and performing with some of my favorites in that lane -- Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, (that’s for you jazz heads). I once even ended up in a session with Paul Simon at his house in New Canaan courtesy of Jamey Haddad, a drummer and mentor of mine.
I often end up in writing sessions with Boston rapper KR and guitarist Erik Jalajas - the guy who plays in and runs my live show. But mostly I’m in my room, penning songs on a shitty guitar that I bought used from a music store that went out of business years ago.
6) Tell us a little more about your recent project?
I just released a song called From the Outside this past tuesday. I started off writing it on a $50 acoustic guitar with two strings missing. That’s pretty typical of how I write.
It’s outwardly about trying to have a good time. But at its heart, it’s an acknowledgement of a kind of self destructive lifestyle that I don’t think I’ll ever break out of. I guess It’s just too fun.
7) What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
I put out a new song every month. The next couple releases that I have planned are from a batch of songs that I’ve been sitting on for a bit. I’m really eager to see y’all think of them.
8) Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
I’ve got a lot more music coming out in the coming year. Here’s a few links to stay in the loop: instagram.com/almostowenmusic