Inspired by the likes of Tom Petty, John Mayer and Bryan Adams, ‘Self Sabotage’ is the new single from London-based GRAAW. An annthemic hit of rock-n-roll about being your own worst enemy, we got GRAAW to tackle out Boom! Track questions …
How did you first start making music?
I’ve grown up predominately a guitarist, so I was always writing songs based off guitar riffs. Some of my first main influences were acoustic soul artists such as Jack Johnson, and Ben Harper. I was always learning their songs and playing them at party’s that’s how I learnt how to put structures together, by learning my favorite songs. Then as I grew older had enough things to say to write my own experiences down.
What artists have influenced your sound?
I would say all the greats Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young, Eric Clapton.
More contemporary artists John Mayer, Ryan Adams, David Ramirez, Ben Harper, and Bryan Adams.
What was the inspiration behind you new single?
‘Self Sabotage’ was a moment of reflection, going through a hard time relationship wise, sometimes words come out like blood on a page, that’s what ‘Self Sabotage’ was, it was raw and honest, not much glitter too it. It says what it’s supposed to say no explanation needed.
What are your plans and hopes for the rest of the year?
I was planning to tour and put on a couple shows, however since Covid-19, that’s all put on hold. I think now it’s about self reflecting and going back to the drawing board and planning for some more single releases.
What have been your favorite records of 2020 so far?
I listen constantly listen to so much music, here are some of my favorites both modern and old:
Bob Dylan – Infidels
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Lifeline
David Ramirez – We’re Not Going Anywhere
Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You
The Record Company – Early Songs & Rarities
If you could give one tip to any aspiring bands what would it be?
Don’t write songs to write songs, write songs that tell a story or mean something to you. In terms of production; don’t worry to much about the sound, just work with the tools you have, what matters is that what you’re making is real.
‘Self Sabotage’ is available now via Great Unknown Records