Jackson Guthy Talks "LOVING", The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hobbies, and More
Tue, 17 May 2011 10:04:27
Jackson Guthy is the future of pop music.
The 15-year-old singer-songwriter exudes charm and charisma way beyond his years. America got to see him in action during his recent jaw-dropping performance on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Guthy gave the crowd an unforgettable rendition of his debut single, "LOVING". With a magnetic presence and passionate delivery, he sank right into the hearts of viewers everywhere. You'll feel the "love" for him too as soon as you hear "LOVING". It's a timeless ballad with gripping power and a hook that you'll be singing along to for years to come. He's precisely what pop needs and more…
Jackson Guthy sat down for an exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino about "LOVING", what's next for him, some hobbies, and so much more.
What's the story behind "LOVING"?
I wrote it with Franky Perez [Scars On Broadway]. I basically took the subject matter from school, life, and everyday experience and put it all into the song. Some people might think I'm simply spelling out "Loving", but the song digs deeper into the actual meaning of the word. That's what I'm really trying to do. I'm thinking of the word and feeling everything in it. I thought it sounded really cool. The way Franky produced it was amazing. I have a great time performing it now.
When you think about it now, what does it mean to you?
It's about loving everything and everyone around you and loving life. Who do you love? What do you love to do? That's my motto.
Does that passion extend to music?
It definitely does.
How do you typically begin writing a song?
Most people might write the chords and then write words to them. I actually like doing it the other way around. I'll start writing lyrics, and I'll have a melody in my head. That's how it comes out into music. I think of the actual the song and melody and then combine them with piano. Then, we bring the entire band into it and it takes it to a whole new level. Almost all the time, I don't even have chords; I write the song with just words.
Do you hand write everything or type it out?
I write pretty much all of my stuff in one book that I have at my house.
Is it important for you to tell stories with your songs?
Yeah! When people listen to the songs, I want them to be able to close their eyes and imagine what I'm saying so my songs paint pictures.
Which artists shaped you?
I always listen to John Mayer and The Fray. John Mayer has been one of my favorite artists for a long time. I also listen to The Killers, The All-American Rejects, and The Black Keys. However, I try writing most like John Mayer. I can play a little bit of guitar. Piano and vocal are my main instruments.
When did you start playing piano?
I started when I was four-years-old. My sister used to play piano a lot, and her teacher started giving me lessons as well. Ever since then, I've been taking lessons. I stopped taking lessons around ten or eleven. I've been practicing by myself since then.
That was really fun! My nerves were definitely up because it was the first time I did a big performance like that. I had a great time doing though it. Ellen was amazing to work with; she's really nice. I hope everyone liked it.
What else do you like to do outside of music?
I've been surfing for a long time. I also like skating and basketball. Those are my favorite things to do to relax. I'm not going to lie sometimes I do play Call of Duty: Black Ops [Laughs].
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Jackson will be performing a special show Friday, May 20 at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. Click here for venue details and ticket information!