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

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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