Interview: Brent Walsh Talks Lyrics

The man himself, Brent Walsh

Brent Walsh celebrated the release of his sophomore EP ‘Are You Even There at All?’, by sharing the spirited video for third single ‘MoonCreep’. Inspired by a cappella act Pentatonix, ‘Moon Creep’ bursts into a full-on pop anthem as it brims withdoo-wop vocals and layered harmonies. The video was a collaborative effortamongst friends, shot guerilla-style on the streets of Oakland. This proved tobe a fun adventure, improvising last-minute concept and choreography changes toadapt to new locations. The chemistry and passion of those involved translates brilliantly into the clip,culminating with a full-on dance celebration as Walsh belts out “it makes me feel alive.” You can watchthe video for ‘Moon Creep’hereand stream ‘Are You Even There at All?’in full here. Now Walsh, also known for fronting I the Mighty, is here to tell us all about his thoughts and relationship with lyrics…

How do you write them? What isyour process? Have you ever suffered from writer’s block and if so, how did youovercome it?

I often come up with the melody first. I then spitball lyrics over the top until some sort of theme ore ssential line takes shape, and then piece together the song’s story around it. Sure, I think every writer suffers from writers block. Sometimes to get out ofit I just need to put myself in a new frame of mind. Hiking, meditation,psychedelics… all good ways to break a funk.

What is the lyric you’re proudestof and why?

This is an extremely hard question for me to answer, so I’ll just go with my knee jerk first reaction. I’m quite proud of “This world is only as big as the space that you expand your mind.” I’ve seen many of our fans get it tatted on their body and that one phrase is something I like to preach as well as practice. It’s a reminder tokeep striving for intelligence and self betterment. 

What themes and topics do youlike to cover and why?

I like to cover love, loss, God/the purpose of life, subconscious vs conscious mind, friendships, substance abuse. Essentially just the human experience. Most of it boils down to our relationships with others and our relationship to ourselves. 

Has anyone ever misheard, perhapsto comedic effect, or misunderstood the intention of your lyrics?

In our song ‘Failures’ someone made a video on youtube mistaking “our actions” with “erections.” Laughter ensued. 

Which of your own lyrics bestsums up your project?

For my newest solo effort: ‘Are You Even There at All?’ I would say the line”Hey God, are you listening?” That song (Cloud’s Song) represents alot of what I was going through while writing the record.

If you had to have any lyrictattooed on you, be it your own or someone else’s and if you don’t already,what would you pick?

I have a line from a Say Anything song tatted on my ankle in Max Bemis’ hand writing. It says: “I want to taste the breeze of every great city.”

What lyric do you wish you’dwritten and why?

This interview is very hard… haha.There are so many amazing lines to choose from. Here’s the first very from Brothers on a hotel bed by death cab:

You may tire of me
As our December sun is setting
‘Cause I’m not who I used to be

No longer easyon the eyes
But these wrinkles masterfully disguise
The youthful boy below

Who turned your way and saw
Something he was not looking for
Both a beginning and an end

But now he lives inside
Someone he does not recognize
When he catches his reflection on accident

Who are your favourite lyricists/writers for content such as film, TV or even poetry? What are some ofthe lines that best connect with you?

I’ve always appreciated the dialogue of Quentin Tarantino. Though long winded, he always has such wit and originality. In the complete opposite direction, I think a lot of the timingand simple brilliance of “The Office” is worth a mention when itcomes to comedy. 

What are the worst lyrics you’ve ever heard?

Anything by Blood On the Dance Floor.

Finally, please sign off withsome lyrical words of wisdom…

Write what is true to you and don’t bother with what anyone else will think. People can tell authenticity.

Walsh’s latest release artwork
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