Drake White Interview

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Having seen Drake White previously I knew London was going to love him! From the first note at the CMA songwriters, it was clear that everyone was blown away by his undeniable talent. As the C2C weekend progressed his fan base grew by the second. I was lucky enough to get to spend some time with Drake finding out about what makes him tick. Here is what he had to say:

Erica
I first saw you at CRS last year. Over CRS you see so many artists during the week and when asked at the end of the week who was my pick, I said Drake White; he’s amazing and the UK are going to love him. It was lovely to see on Friday that everyone has fallen in love with you. Did you feel it at the CMA Songwriters?

Drake White
I did, I think… I think I felt it. I have an immense respect for everybody that was on the stage from Maren (Morris) to Mac McAnally so I was just in awe of them, it was a show for me too! The fans over here are more attentive, when I say that I’m not demining my American fans, they just enjoy you know… I dunno, it’s more of a reverence to it so that’s what I really took away from the show. When they were singing the words back I just though Man I love what’s going on here, I can see it and I can’t wait to nurturing this relationship over in the UK and building it and just coming back over and over again, watching folk and country music make its mark.

Erica
When the album came out here our listeners were drawn to story. Collectively in the UK people pick songs that connects with them and is real. Do you find your picking out songs that maybe in America you wouldn’t?

Drake White
Yeah! That’s what’s great about it, with ‘Story’ maybe it’s the folky, bluegrassy type of jam that it is it kinda makes you dance, it’s fiddle tune streaming from my Irish roots that’s maybe why it’s favoured over here. I do find that music is such a subjective art, what I hear from a Van Morrison record or a Pink Floyd record may be totally different from what you hear, we gather different things from it and that’s the beauty of it.

Erica
Your Music is country but you have a real soul about you? What influences you, when you watch you it feels like you have your own groove about you.

Drake White
I’m looking for this sound, this funky Appalachian soul groove. I love Motown music, I love hip hop… I do, I love Jack Johnson, I love Ben Harper, I love The Nitty Gritty Dirt band, I like The Shires out here, everything, even Ska music – the rapidness of freestyling, I love that percussive type feel. For me it’s a constant journey and a constant evolution for what I’m searching for in a sound and what I’m trying to do. It’s always going to evolve, I have to evolve and I’m always going to because I’m always listening to different things and travelling. I’ve got so many song ideas just from walking the streets of London, it’s great out here for a good old southern boy that grew up in an Alabama small town to come out here and eat Italian food last night it this great little nitch of a place.

Erica
I speak to a lot of people at Big Machine and it’s always about your creativity and your art. I love that, do you feel that, obviously it’s a record label but your creativity always seems to come first and come out in your music.

Drake White
Well that’s why we are here! If you do not have that as your number 1 priority and you are a singer/songwriter/entertainer, then you’re doing yourself and your fans a disservice. Your creativity is where it all stems from, yes there are times in life you have to balance it (Drake used the metaphor of marriage to explain this) You may have a kid or need to do a little landscaping in the front yard or you may need to pay attention to your marriage one day a little more than others but that music is why God put me on this earth. Everything from the videos you see to the T-Shirts, to the way they feel, to the merch items, to the pens to the stickers to the design on the loop on the end of the E on the last part of my name… I obsess about that stuff because that’s what I’m doing here. For me I owe it to my fans, I owe it to the people before me that were masters of it; from Zeppelin to Jim Croce, from Bob Segar to Paul Simon all these people. I owe it to the song, I owe it to history and I owe it to myself to obsess over those details, so that’s why it’s always at the forefront of everything.

Erica
You’ve been here playing shows and as I said you can probably feel the love for you already. I think it’s going to be like Kip Moore, when he came over everyone fell in love with him and he became ours, I feel that with you already. Everyone wants more Drake, are you going to put the UK on your tour schedule?

Drake White
Oh… It’s done! We are totally committed to this part of the world. We are building things right now, I’m getting ideas, talking to people that book shows over here because it is such a big world and I can feel the passion from the fans. It’s amazing how you go where you are wanted. I tell people all the time, if you keep coming I’ll keep coming – we will keep building the fire if you keep spreading the fire. This is the tip of the iceberg for what we want to accomplish here, we are over here for a very specific reason and that’s to start a revolution, a movement of great story telling country music that was born and bred in a small town in North East Alabama. Let’s get funky, let’s get groovy, let’s cry, let’s laugh, let’s become family and make the world a better place, show everyone the love of God and the love of what we do and maybe when they leave that show maybe we’ve change their life, maybe we save their life, maybe they don’t commit suicide – you never know what someone’s going through, so there’s a bigger thing out there. I know I went around the world but yes, we are going to be out here, we want to be yours, we want to be your brothers and sisters!

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