Artist Spotlight Interview - Ayers
We spoke to up-and-comer Ayers for an Artist Spotlight Interview! Check out what the artist who's making early waves on the scene had to say!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
"I started writing songs around 10 years ago when I moved to New Orleans. Everyone and their sister is the best musician and music was just contagious there. It's such a special place. I've been writing songs on the side ever since."
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
"If I go through a break up, need closure on something or if an idea comes up in my head that I need to get out I turn to writing songs. The process kind of takes over me and I'll work on it until it's done. I don't have any real specific way- sometimes I'll write the chords first and write the lyrics or vise versa and sometimes together. There is only one song (Gregory Crewdson Song) that took me about a long time where I went back and forth on the songwriting. Usually I just kinda work on a song from beginning to finish in a spurt and go over it a million times."
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?
"David Berman, Jason Molina, Karen Dalton, Lou Reed, Elliot Smith, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen."
4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?
"I've been using the same beat up Yamaha acoustic I've had since I was 16 and an older Fender electric. I'm entirely grateful to be asked to record at Wilco's loft and it's a musician's oasis. Playing an older Martin there would have to be my favorite instrument moment."
5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?
"I really let it all out haha I can't wait to play live shows again. My songs can be heavy but in between playing I'm pretty goofy. My favorite thing about playing a show is playing with other musicians. It's a lot more fun and makes the show a lot better to play with other people. I also just love to play with talented musicians. Also talking to strangers and meeting new people after."
6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?
"I've been secretive about my music for years. I've only let a handful of people listen to it up until very recently. I'm excited to finally be sharing it."
7. What’s next for you?
"I'm putting out an album- Mediocre Meditation. "Medicore Meditation" and "Us/U.S. Dreamers Stabbed at Night" are on Spotify and the rest of my songs are on Soundcloud. I feel super lucky that I’ve had a recent burst of label interest for songwriting/artist. And I will always continue to write songs."
If you are interested in reaching out to Ayers, please contact Martin Pike at Associated London Management.