I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Brad Jones to learn five random facts about himself and the story behind his song "Sinking". Check out my interview with Brad below:
Loryn: How has the pandemic changed you?
Brad: The pandemic forced me to take time to slow down and reflect on myself. I am somebody that is always working, writing, and creating, so taking time to slow my life down can seem like a foreign concept to me. However, it turned out to be exactly what I needed. It allowed me to look inward at myself, who I was and the man/artist I wanted to be. Sometimes in order to move forward in life, we have to stop and evaluate where we are going.
Loryn: What is the song behind your song "Sinking"?
Brad: My song sinking is about fighting the battle of the mind. I have dealt with anxiety and depression for most of my life that have to lead me into destructive coping habits. One of these habits is letting the anxiety, and the fear associated with it, cause us to overanalyze a situation to the point where we start to "invent" what "could" happen, or what other "might" think. This can make us feel like we are drowning in our thoughts and fears. I wanted to write a song that could capture those thoughts and how they made me feel like I was being pulled underwater by the waves of anxiety I have. My music comes from a very vulnerable place because I want to help and inspire others who may be in these kinds of dark places to keep pushing. Because hope is there....even if it's just hard to see right now. I also have to give a huge shout-out to Alaina Cross who features on the chorus of this song. Her vocals really added another layer of raw emotion that took the song to another level.
Loryn: Who is a musician you'd love to collaborate with?
Brad: I have so many musical inspirations across multiple genres, but artists who have really inspired me are ones who are not only lyrically talented but can bring out so much raw intensity and emotion in their music. These are Eminem, NF, Joyner Lucas, Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Lecrae...Those are just a few of an extremely long list.
Loryn: What lesson has the music industry taught you?
Brad: Authenticity is most important. You have to be true to yourself because at the end of the day your audience wants that. Authentic music speaks the loudest to your audience because it's the truth. The music industry can focus on trends and what's considered "marketable" at the time, but the artists who stayed true to who they were and made the music they believed in are the ones who make the most impact. That's my opinion and that is the kind of artist I want to be known as.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Brad: I get pretty honest in my music about who I am, what I've been through, and where I'm at in life. However, I think people might be surprised to know I play 15 different instruments and probably have a borderline unhealthy addiction to Cheetos.
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