I chatted with Andy Grammer about meeting Lauryn Hill and being active with fans on social media.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
It was a long process but I started getting the inkling around high school. I was a jock growing up but then I heard “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and John Mayer’s first album kind of pulled me away from that.
Recently you were able to see Lauryn Hill in concert and you tweeted you were pretty emotional. How has she impacted you?
Growing up you see people who do things in a way that you want to do them. It resonates with you. She’s an incredible person and performer.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done in life?
My daughter was born via C-section and I watched her be pulled out. That was pretty crazy!
How has your world changed since the birth of your daughter?
If you’re life can be zero to ten, with zero being crappy and ten being the coolest, it goes to negative one hundred and plus one hundred. Babies will enlighten you!
I saw you that you’ve played in South Korea for the troops. What was that experience like?
It was incredible man. To get to go and tell them personally that I appreciate what they do and see first hand what they do…it’s pretty special.
Did you have any idea your song “Honey I’m Good” would become the massive hit it became?
No, you can’t really know that until you see people freaking out about it. Nowadays you can kind of figure it out via social media or when it picks up spins quickly.
What is your favorite song to perform live and why?
Right now it’s a song called “85” which is off my last record. When I hear the whole crowd singing the chorus it just lights a fire in me ::laughs::
You competed a few seasons ago on “Dancing With The Stars.” Do you still dance?
We do a LOT of moving around in our shows. No ballroom yet though ::laughs::
What are some pros and cons of being on the road?
It’s really special being a part of a group of people each night that LOVE singing that same kind of music you do. The hard part is being away from your family. If the shows are good enough, it could still be worth it.
If you could perform with any artist living or dead, who would it be and why?
Ohh it would have to be Billy Joel. I gotta figure that out!
I see you’re active on social media. What’s it like being able to communicate with your fans instantly?
It’s such a special thing. Artists have never been able to connect with their fans like this ever. I just put out a video asking what people want to hear on tour and everyone votes and then I’ll play what wins. The first time we did that, we ended up with just over 1,000 votes in a day. The level of detail that you can get to with your fans is pretty sweet.
Are you excited about your show here in Baltimore on October 19th?
Yeah man, I LOVE Baltimore. It’s such a great city to perform in!
Andy headlines Baltimore Soundstage October 19th!
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