At its core social media is still a great place to meet new creative people who continue to inspire you. TNC recently connected with Presley River, an American singer/songwriter who is fast building a name for himself on the music scene.
On August 19th Presley River releases his latest single "Anything Goes".
Hi Presley thank you for talking to TNC, how have you been holding up during these troubling times?
Hello, Thanks for having me.
Well, I guess I'm holding up like everyone else, which is to say that I'm at the end of my patience. Luckily me and my family have been healthy physically, but I will say that I've had a few dark days mentally these past few months.
Has the lockdown offered you any extra creative inspiration?
The short answer is no. I get most of my inspiration though living life, and needless to say, none of us have really been able to do that lately. I've basically been out of a job for several months now.
Ahead of a single being released do you ever get nervous or are you able to just let the process take its course?
I don't really get nervous. I guess I'm lucky. I have fifty other things wrong with me, but worrying about what other people think has never been one of them.
I'm playing the long game. I want to be doing this until I die. So with that comes this understanding that there are going to be lots of ups and downs, and I'm fine with that.
What can you tell me about your new single Anything Goes, what was the inspiration behind this single?
I wrote it in Paris before the pandemic. The song was written very quickly. I just sat down and by the time I stood up again, it had written itself. I may have had a little help from Jack Daniels, but that's besides the point.
I'm really happy with this record. I think people are going to like it.
When you're writing a new song what usually comes first the lyrics or the music?
They always happen at the same time. I write everything on guitar. It usually starts with some chords that sound good to me at the moment and then I just start singing whatever comes to me.
I usually write pretty quickly, but sometimes i'll start an idea and then months later i'll finally finish it.
How much would you say your style and your approach to your music has changed since your debut EP The War Years?
It hasn't changed much really. I think i'm still finding my sound, but it's all still in the same birdhouse.
"London has had a huge impact on my songwriting. It's such a fantastic city for writers in my opinion."
The War Years has a very personal and emotional vibe to it with If You Only Knew being a really stand out track. Do you ever have any apprehensions about putting too much of yourself in your music?
I don't really think about it much. I'm the same in real life as I am in my music. I've never been one for discretion. You ask me and I'll tell you.
I'm an open book, for better and worse.
Have you always had a passion for music?
Music has always been a huge part of my life. My dad is a very educated fan of music, and he made sure to pass that on to me. Growing up we had guitars and pianos in the house, and music was always playing.
What was your first experience like performing your music?
Surprisingly I wasn't nervous. Although I do remember tuning my guitar dozens of times even though it was in tune. For a while I would take two shots before going on stage and then have a glass of tequila during my show.
I haven't done that as much recently, though I still smoke incessantly before and after my shows.
You have spent a lot of time in London, how much has the city influenced your music?
London has had a huge impact on my songwriting. It's such a fantastic city for writers in my opinion.
It's always been important for me to travel and see as much of the world as I can. All of those experiences will prove to be useful when you sit down to write.
Once travel restrictions are lifted are there any other cities you're looking forward to heading?
When travel restrictions are lifted I will be packing up the acoustic guitar and hitting the road for as long as possible. I'll start in Europe, but I would also like to go to South Korea and Japan.
I am NOT a home body. I was built for the road.
What musicians have inspired you?
I still listen to a lot of the music I grew up on. The Beatles, Tom Waits, Radiohead, and Rufus Wainwright.
But I also think there are some artists that are around my age that are also doing great work. People like Troye Sivan and Ryan Beatty are the first to come to my mind.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from your music?
I hope my music does for people all the great things that music can do. Whether it's getting you through a dark time, coping with loss, or just helping you dream.
Music when it is good can make you feel like you can do anything. When I hear Tom Waits, I feel like I am that guy. It's pretty special.