Today, we sat down with Hometime to discuss his inspiration to write music, advice for musicians and much more! Be sure to check out his music below after the interview on Spotify!
What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your surroundings?
I wouldn’t exactly say that my surroundings inspire me to create as such, but sometimes they can have some influence over the tone of what I write. On occasion, an overheard conversation or a throwaway comment by a stranger has sparked an interesting idea for a lyric.
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
Ours wasn’t a musical household. Coming in from school, I’d be more likely to hear a radio play than the pop charts. I had to negotiate a record player for Christmas when I was 12. It was the best present I ever got. It opened up a whole new world to me. I devoured records as a teenager. Pop was my first love but I also developed a love of 1940s jazz, some 80s New Wave and, later, some choral music. But brilliantly produced pop music is my true love.
Is there someone you looked up as a hero?
I’ve had a few musical heroes, but heroes are fallible creatures. Social media exposes a lot of the kinds of thinking that might otherwise have gone unmentioned. There are some dearly loved records that are harder to play these days…
If you weren’t a musician, would you be doing today?
I’m not the kind of musician who got rich from my work. Like many, I’ve always had a day job alongside music.
What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create music?
Do it! Listen to the urge to create. Figure out where your strengths lie and learn to love your limitations, because they’ll elp hshape your creativity as much as your talents. And avoid snobbery. When you’re busy trying to please the Style Police you can rob yourself of a lot of joyful experiences. Make music because you love to. Develop resilience because you’ll hear “no” way more than you ever hear “yes.” But most of all, listen to your gut: it will tell you when you’re going right or wrong.