(photo credit: KayKay Blaisdell)
So excited to be chatting with you! What inspired you to pursue music?
There truly wasn’t anything else. I never had that, “well if I fail at this maybe I’ll sell insurance” thing. Making music was always going to be it.
Can you tell us a little bit about you?
I am a musician and songwriter who was born in Venice Beach and grew up in Kansas City. Then I lived in Connecticut for a year, Utah for another year, and by age 18 I moved back to LA to pursue music. I like to be alone a lot. I have two really cute dogs and I think I am a pretty nice guy for the most part.
Where did the name “Little Hurt” come from?
On my little league baseball team back in Kansas City, I was known as Little Hurt—the little version of Frank Thomas who was known as “The Big Hurt.” Not because I was particularly good or anything, I must have just been given that name randomly or something. Actually, my mom tells me they stuck me in the outfield and I’d sit cross-legged chewing on my glove and staring at the dandelions. So, there’s that.
What do you want your supporters to get from hearing your music?
I want it to be fun and sad; comforting and uncomfortable.
What artists do you look up to right now?
I can’t stop listening to Still Woozy and Bhad Bhabie (yes – she’s amazing and the production is also insanely good!)
You are gearing up for the release of your debut EP! How excited are you to get this project out into the world?!
It’s really kind of a crazy feeling. Pursuing a solo career is something I’ve always wanted to do but put on the back burner the last few years since I was singing lead for another band.
Can you tell us about what this EP means to you?
I have a lot of things to say on this EP that I have never expressed before. I am really excited to show people a different side of myself that I am not sure anyone has any idea about.
Any fun moments while creating the EP?
I think the writing process on this was more fun than it usually is. I made this with some of my best friends on earth and there was a lot of late night sessions just diving as deep as we could go. Rob Ellmore who is one of my best friends in the world produced this EP and really brought it to life. The entire EP, everything you hear is just him and I. So it was really just fun to work with an extremely small crew of people who I knew I could really delve deep with.
What song are you most excited to perform from this new EP?
They’re all going to be fun to sing live but I think “Messed Up” will be particularly fun.
What does it feel like to perform your own music live in front of your supporters?
I’ve been doing this for a long time and time and there is still nothing quite like watching people shout your own words back at you. That never changes, and I hope it never does.
Are you planning to tour to promote this EP?
Yes, that’s in the cards!
You just released your debut solo single “Good As It Gets.” Can you spill any details on the new song?
It’s been an interesting and transitional few months for me, launching a brand new career, new life. I found that it was really easy for me to sit around feeling a bit insecure and unsure of what I was doing and who I am. “Good As It Gets” is sort of just about how this is me for better or for worse and that’s just something I need to recognize and try to learn to love.
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music?
Ultimately, I hope they’re not expecting me to put out the exact same records that I’ve been putting out for the past 10 years with The Mowgli’s because that’s not how growth works. I hope they are along for the ride and want to join me as I evolve and grow as an artist.
How do you want your relationship to be with your supporters?
I don’t try to create a ton of distance and seem unapproachable. I want it to feel like a family.
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
For the most part the fans have always been super respectful and enthusiastic. I’ve had a lot of really COOL fan encounters as opposed to crazy.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your supporters?
Twitter are Instagram stories are my favorite. I rarely post actual Instagram photos though because I don’t know even know how I feel about anything right now, let alone in an hour from now. You can keep up with me on Instagram (@LittleHurtOfficial), Twitter (@LittleHurt), and Facebook (@LittleHurtOfficial).
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I write a lot of songs for other artists, but outside of that, it’s Little Hurt all day baby!
Do you guys have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you for being here, and can’t wait for you all to see what’s next for Little Hurt!