Caleb Lovely - 10 Questions Music Interviews
Raised in an abusive childhood, Caleb Lovely was by all odds doomed to stay miserable. Yet somehow he used every detail of his past to write songs that magnify the way you experience music. His story has set him up to be one of the most prolific songwriters, gifted guitar players, and passionate singers of our generation. From the time he was born until he was seventeen his parents were always picking up, moving, and starting their life over, and that’s why Caleb Lovely clung to music. It has always been the one constant in every season of his life.
"Nashville is the closest thing to home I’ve ever known. I’m grateful my journey brought me here to lay roots and create some of the best music of my career yet. Music that tells the stories I have lived. Music that you can soundtrack your memories to."
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I’ll never forget around nine years old I saw Lenny Kravitz playing a Gibson Les Paul on MTV and I started begging my dad for a guitar. Living in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania we would often go to media stories like Sam Goody and MediaPlay. They had a guitar section and I would spend ALL of my time in that part of the store, looking, dreaming, tinkering. Almost every time from 9-11 years old I would leave the store crying because my dad said “I’d never stick with it” I would reply “I’m gonna grow up and be a successful rockstar and buy all of my own guitars, just you wait” Literally 24 hours later from that conversation was my 12th birthday.. and my dad had bought me my first guitar.. a deep blue fender strat with a rosewood neck. The first thing I did was strap it on, crank up my boom box cueing Lenny Kravitz’ “are you gonna go my way” and proceeded jumping up and down on the bed with sunglasses on.
The rest is history.
I never had a specific instance where I thought “man! I’m gonna be a singer for a living!!” Ha! It was just a natural progression. I still haven’t had the conversation with myself about doing this full time.. though it’s been almost a decade in! Music is the only thing that has always made sense to me. I’ve built my life around it since I was a kid, so I wouldn’t say there was really a conscious decision or motive behind it. It’s just who I’ve always been.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Honestly, I haven’t had anything too crazy happen to me. I have some pretty insane guitar stories that would make your hair stand up. Each of my guitars have a story of how they came into my life and one of the guitars holds a story that has made every man I know cry.
What has been the high point of your music path? The high point of my music career is realizing that I’ve had it on the inside all along and I’ve become self sufficient enough to make the records that make me feel and I know they’re going to make you feel too. It’s not gimmicky or niche, it’s real instruments played and sung by a real dude.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It’s different every time. Some days inspiration hits me and I have to drop everything I’m doing to go into the studio and get it out. Some songs write themselves and I’ll have it done within the night. I believe that if you’re constantly vulnerable as a creative that the songs will choose you. It will be easy. And you won’t be able to replicate it the same way twice.
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?
The biggest struggle is that it takes money to make money. We don’t live in a world where talent is rewarded. This isn’t the 1970s where a level executive walks into the troubadour and wants to sign you. It’s hard for me to say what I would change, chasing music has broken my heart a dozen times and yet I would do it all again. In hindsight if I had to do it again, I’d trust less people and value myself a lot sooner.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I’d love to jam on stage with Steve Lukather. God, I would die to be in the presence of his guitar tone. There’s no one like him and there never will be again. He is the king.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? Rehearsals are usually at my residence. My keys to a great show are dialing everything in so it translates to stage. Making sure my band is happy first and foremost. I rehearse mostly on my own within my home and playing along with all the parts I’ve recorded. For vocals I drink a ton of harmless coconut water. It’s the best magic trick for singers.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I can’t think of any songs that I’ve struggled with. I don’t really write the songs, they write me. I believe all my songs have been gifts. I don’t even know how some of them came to be, but each one is authentic. Each one is a gift and I can never replicate it the same way twice. To me, my songs are my kids. I love them fiercely and then when they’re ready for the world I release them knowing they can’t be changed, I have to love them for what they are, and trust that they’re strong enough to stand on their own.
What's coming up in the future?
I’ll be releasing a new song every month as well as looking forward to touring in 2021 and releasing a full length EP. You can follow me over on Instagram @caleblovely to keep up with all the new releases and updates.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My music is available on many steaming platforms: iTunes, Spotify, amazon, just to name a few!