Dru Cutler is a multi-talented singer/songwriter based out of Brooklyn. Leaping from jack of all musical trades (film composer, jingle writer, cover band singer) to a full-fledged recording artist, Dru truly discovered his voice. The singer/songwriter and rocker has been described as “Ryan Adams meets Pink Floyed,” and is heavily influenced by the poetic tunes of Leonard Cohan. Dru released a special two track EP giving a preview to his up-coming full-length album ‘Bring Closer the Distance.’
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
In highschool, I was very inspired by my TV Productions teacher. We called him Mr. Zayas. He wore a beat up pair of Chuck Taylors, had long, curly hair and even played acoustic guitar in a rock band on the weekends. He seemed to be too cool for school, even though he was a teacher. As a young kid, I was angsty, angry and full of zits. Like most teenagers, I desperately wanted to find a place to fit in. Zayas had his life together. He was honest. He told me about Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. He showed me that Rock and Roll could help me get through life. To this day, I still chat with him about music and art and the important stuff in life.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
A few years back, I had to couch surf while traveling through Florida, and one particularly strange fellow let me sleep on his yellow pull out in the living room of his apartment. He didn't tell me ahead of time, but he only slept during the day, so I was forced to try and try and get shut-eye while he was watching re-runs of Seinfeld, clipping his giant toe nails, feeding his fish and ordering takeout at 6AM.
It was free, but it was not for me.
What has been the high point of your music path?
This year I worked with Andy Taub at Brooklyn Recording. He's had experience with everyone from Kieth Richards and Ani DeFrance to the Flaming Lips and a million more. It was an intense few weeks while we were mixing. Often times we would work 12-15hrs, but it was a powerful learning experience.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I write every day. I do the work. I don't wait around for the muse to knock on my studio door. I go and find her, and I bring coffee and cookies.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
In the words of Joe Pug, "Designer jeans are not a song. A compelling Instagram account is not a song, and most importantly, reverb is not a song."
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Bjork - She's my hero David Byrne (Talking Heads) - He's inspiring Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) - He's a thoughtful writer
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I learned a lot about rehearsing from watching the orchestra rehearse in college. I stole the following process: 1.) I work backwards from the performance date. 2.) I break the band into "sections" like: Bass + Drums, Vocals Only, Full Band 3.) I organize rehearsals for each section separately. I found much more can be accomplished when folks can hear each other. 4.) I bring the ensemble together for a final "dress rehearsal" 5.) I try to make it both fun and musical from the very beginning
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
“txt message from my father” is deeply personal, and was challenging to write and perform. My father suffers from severe bipolar disorder and severe depression. He's been in and out of my life for as long as I can remember. A few years back, he wrote me a text message that essentially said he wanted to kill himself. It was a kind of goodbye. Rather than write how I felt, I just put his txt message to music. It's chilling, and very real. It's as bare and honest as I've ever been on a record.
What's coming up in the future?
I'm touring down to SXSW again in 2018. It was a blast last year and I'm psyched to rock Austin again. I'll have a five-piece ensemble including a cellist named Tom Kersey.
Where can fans can access your music?
My new single will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Music and Tidal on FRI (2/16). Stay in touch: www.DruCutler.com