Lead singer and lyricist Josh Ramsay lets us in on fame, getting sucked into Hollywood, and the key to staying humble.
On Fix Me: I’m still proud of the first record and there’s something cool about doing your first record, it’s the one you’ve always waited to do, but I felt like some on the songs were interchangeable with one another.
On the working with Kate Voegele: Kate and I didn’t know each other and I was thinking about a few people but I didn’t really have any great ideas. Someone suggested Kate and I didn’t really take it seriously at first because I thought she was an actor. I looked up her stuff and realized she was a singer first and had a lot of great stuff on her own record. We both flew to LA one weekend and [recorded “Good to You”] at Raine Madia’s house. It was a lot of fun and I’m really happy on how it turned out.
On their carefree attitudes: I think people take it as a little more refreshing. I think a lot of rock stars take themselves real seriously and I hate that.
On remaining humble: Just because you’ve sold however many records does not give you the right to be a douche, especially considering these days most people that sell that many records didn’t actually write the songs themselves or play on their own album. I get confused about people that take themselves that seriously when they didn’t really do the work.
On fame: In the arts industry, where its very well designed to attract people who are self involved, the most important thing if you don’t want to get sucked up in it and lost in the whole thing it to not take any of it that seriously.
On what critics say: It you read a bunch of reviews and you that really seriously then you suddenly get this giant ego. Or, if you read a bunch of band reviews and that seriously then you slit your wrists. Really, the thing is don’t really take it that seriously.
On song writing: You have to write songs for yourself but you need to make sure you’re not just doing it self indulgently. That’s the only danger; you have to make sure you’re not going into that area where you’re the only one who is going to appreciate the songs.