Drew Dixon Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Drew Dixon Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka: Tell us about your latest release.

Answer:
This
new EP is a collection of songs I’ve written over the last couple of
years. It’s swampy, bluesy, dark, and I love it. I got to write it
with some of my favorite songwriters in Nashville, record it with
some of my favorite musicians, and had an awesome team produce and
engineer it.

Lamitschka:
What will your next single be?

Answer: Madam D’s, the
story of a forbidden brothel in the swamp.

Lamitschka:
What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer: I
naturally lean towards darker subjects and bluesy melodies. That’s
something I’ve realized over the years. I don’t know if I empathize
with these types of characters (more than in upbeat songs), or have a
desire to connect with them more, but it’s what I really enjoy.

Lamitschka: What is your favorite song among all the
songs you have recorded and what’s the story
behind it?

Answer:
Tough question. I couldn’t say just one. Dead Man means a lot
because it was my first Nashville single, and showed me that people
were believing in what I was (and am) doing. Madam D’s has such
amazing characters in it and I love that guitar riff. South Carolina
has turned into something bigger than I ever imagined it being, with
people from all corners of the map singing along to it. To narrow it
down would be like picking a favorite burrito, and that, my friend,
is impossible.

Lamitschka: How much creative control do
you have over your music?

Answer: Total. I’m fortunate to
have very talented friends that help me in accomplishing what I want.
From the lyrics of the song, to the music itself, to the album’s
artwork, I’m able to really dial in what I want the finished product
to be.

Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories
about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer: On
a broad scale, watching the way that the song South Carolina has
gained popularity has been really cool. I get videos constantly from
people playing it on boats, at house parties, at sporting events, and
to see people singing along with their friends or families… it’s is
an amazing feeling. On a more personal level, the song Whiskey and
Wine is super intimate, and I’ve had people become emotional while
I’m playing it live. That’s something that didn’t occur to me when
we wrote it. I didn’t realize people would show that intimacy and
vulnerability back to me. It’s great.

Lamitschka: Who
inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots
run?

Answer: Musically I pull inspiration from a lot of
areas. Bob Seger, Sam Cooke, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles… guys with
unique voices you feel, rather than just hear. Doesn’t always have to
be a great voice, either; just make the listener have an experience.
Literature also influences me. I read a lot so, for example, if I’m
reading a historical nonfiction book, my song writing can become more
direct or factual. If I’m reading a crime novel or science fiction,
my writing sometimes gets more fantasy based. As far as my roots go,
I grew up in the American South, and we always had some sort of music
playing in our house. My dad is a huge Rolling Stones/Zeppelin fan,
so that had an impact, but on the other hand, on Sundays he always
played classical music. It wasn’t one artist or even one genre all
the time. My mother was in the church choir so listening to their
practices and being in Church was another big influence. Blues,
soul, rock, rap, chamber music. I was very fortunate to be exposed
to a large variety of music growing up, and I think that shows in my
writing.

Lamitschka: What do you think about today’s music
industry?

Answer: Haha I’ll leave that to smarter people
than me to analyze. I’m just happy to be playing music, and I think
it’s pretty cool how many options the listener has these days,
because I’m a listener too as soon as I unplug my
guitar.

Lamitschka: If you had the chance to change
something about the music industry, what would it
be?

Answer:
Motley Crue wouldn’t be allowed to stop touring.

Lamitschka:
As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring,
interviews. What do you
like best, what’s your favorite
activity?

Answer: The creative process, probably. Followed
by touring. It’s an incredible sensation to take a small spark of an
idea and create an entire story that surrounds and supports it.
Touring is like the final test of that creative process: will other
people connect to it? Gets me fired up to think about, haha.

Lamitschka: Are you doing anything to take music beyond
its current borders or are you happy
where it is?

Answer: I
would love to see Music Therapy become more widely-practiced. I’m
part of an organization in Nashville called Musician’s On Call that
brings music to the bedsides of hospital patients in 22 different
cities in America. I’ve seen so many people’s day change just from
listening to a few songs. Music is a powerful force, I truly believe
that.

Lamitschka: What was your big break that got you
into the music business?

Answer: I wouldn’t really call
anything in my career thus far a big break, haha. I think “going
viral” is today’s “big break”. It’s very rare and extremely
difficult to maintain. I’ve been working my ass off for a long time
in this industry, and I wouldn’t trade that for an extra million
YouTube views or Instagram followers. The empty rooms in the nowhere
towns that I’ve played are a point of pride. I’m grateful for it all.

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