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Andy Grammer On His New Album, Current Tour And Life Lessons

Andy Grammer isn’t interested in small talk. Rather, the musician known for hits like “Honey, I’m Good” and “Keep Your Head Up” is interested in getting down to the nitty-gritty details. 

That’s what his newest album, “The Good Parts,” is all about. The singer and musician will be performing at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on Sept. 30. We spoke with Grammer about the album, his current tour and what it takes to be happy in the music industry. Highlights from our conversation are below.

Describe your new album, “The Good Parts,” in three words.

Authentic, deep and joyful.

What served as your inspiration for the album?

“The Good Parts” is a real, sincere, open take on my life. I lost my mom about 10 years ago and I was really missing her on my birthday. I had all my friends come over and I just told them stories about my mom. It was a cathartic experience. There were about 50 people in my living room. It was an awkward invite like, “Hey, you want to come over and let me unpack some stuff around my mom’s death?” but everyone came over. I realized when it was over that it was the best day of my year, by far. I was like, man, we all have so much underneath that we don’t share with each other. Everybody has a story. And a lot of the times we’re holding back behind the surface stuff, or only sharing certain parts of our story, but I want the good parts of your story. I want the most interesting, crunchy, difficult-to-talk-about parts. This whole album is that for me, me telling my story. It’s vulnerable, it’s deep, but it’s also super joyful.

What’s your favorite song off the album?

Right now, one of my favorites is a song called “85,” which is about money. The idea being that I don’t want to be 85 having just chased money. I know a lot of people in my position can do that. So, to be with a full crowd and have everyone sing that really loud is incredible. It’s such an experience every night when the hook comes around and everyone’s screaming with you, “I don’t want to be 85, singing ‘Oh, no, I think I missed it, I was chasing money.’” It’s unbelievable. 

Another song that goes over really well is called “Grown Ass Man Child,” which is about being 34. I feel like there’s a lot of songs that are specifically directed towards your 20s, and I hadn’t heard a 32-year-old anthem. But that’s really fun; people really tend to like that one. 

Walk us through your creative process for “The Good Parts.”

It took about 110 songs to get to the album. It’s just so much writing and trying to figure out what will actually stick, what will resonate— even with myself. Then from there, it’s about going to producing to get it done. I love finding truth about life. It creates this vibe of unity, that we’re all going through it together when you touch on something in a song. Hopefully, if you write 100 of them, all of the songs that make the album have that [truth]. 

What's the best part about the tour?

Being a musician is a lot of work. A lot of travel. It’s a lot of annoying crap that you have to do to get that hour-and-15, that hour-and-a-half with everyone. And then every night, about five minutes before I go on, I’m just so happy that this is what I get to do. Really, it’s just like getting to throw a party every night with people who love the same music and songs that I do. It’s a really lucky life. 

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being in the music industry?

It’s funny, I street-performed for four years, and what you learn is that you are really the man when you’re street-performing for like 15 minutes of time. And then everyone’s gone. But you’re the same dude—from the moment no one is there to when everyone’s there. I think that’s a good model for the music industry. If you love what you’re doing and you love making music, then you can be as happy when no one’s there as you are when everyone’s there. That is a tough skill to master, but it’s a good one if you get it. 

To purchase tickets to Grammer’s Fort Lauderdale show, visit jointherevolution.net/2018/06/andy-grammer/.

Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.449.1025; jointherevolution.net

Photos courtesy of Joseph Llanes

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