Jeff Tuohy - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Hearing music made me want to write it. My first influences were Creedence Clearwater Revival, ABBA, Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, and whatever was playing on MTV.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The independent label to which I was signed folded in the financial crash of 2008/2009, so I put out my album, Cocoon with no financial support. As a result, the song “Bourbon Street” continues to garner millions of plays on streaming services.
What has been the high point of your music path?
This is the highpoint. Releasing Hudson Delta and its two singles/videos.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Writing a song is like bottling wine. Some are ready to go in one year, some take years to mature. Songwriting’s one of the few places where I’m very patient. If an idea hits and it rolls out in a sitting, great; but I don’t expect that. Some take years. Some are a combination of multiple song ideas rolled into one. I don’t rush.
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?
Consumers not wanting to pay a cover: If you don’t want to compensate the venue and artist, don’t ask to come in and listen to the music.
Streaming compensation: Streaming’s amazing for fan discovery and artist exposure, but needs to be more lucrative. Raise membership/advertising fees and pass some of it to the artists. Paying the cost of ONE album for monthly access to an inexhaustible catalogue is more than reasonable.
Breaking through the noise: There are great resources for getting your music out there, that A LOT of people are using. Advertising and marketing help, but listeners are flooded with new music and information everyday. Ultimately, it’s about the song and the performance. The cream rises to the top, no matter how long it takes.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Dave Matthews Band. I admire his philanthropy, musicality, and business sense. He has an incredible, loyal, and open-minded fanbase.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
There’s no rehearsal unless there’s new material, or a set, specific show or tour. The band’s been performing together a long time. The players are professionals. If I send a setlist in advance, we do our homework. I trust my players in any environment. We’ve played to 100 capacity rooms on a Friday and an audience of 6,000 the next afternoon. It’s instinctual.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
“Real Love” off of Cocoon. It sounds simple, but I chased the chords in the verse and chorus for a while. It was a turning point from younger, amateur methods of writing where I’d say, “Well, that’s good enough. Next.”
What's coming up in the future?
The animated video for Hudson Delta’s first single, “The Devil’s In New Orleans” drops June 23rd. The second single and video, “Old Roads” will be released July 16th and August 4th, respectively. Hudson Delta comes out August 27th. Several songs were omitted from Hudson Delta because they didn’t fit the flow of the record. There are also a few ready to be recorded. We’ll cut those, build the catalogue, and go from there.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Jeff Tuohy
Jeff Tuohy is a Billboard Award-winning songwriter and rock musician based in New York City. Hailed by Writer’s Bone as “one of the best up-and-coming songwriters in North America,” Tuohy brings a style of music known as Hudson Delta to produce “a high level of musicianship and pop songwriting expertise” (Amplifier Magazine) with "a little bit of grit and a whole lot of soul" (Newport Mercury).
A “daring and multifaceted” performer (Hartford Advocate), he has toured nationally across 41 states. His debut album, BREAKING DOWN THE SILENCE was featured on 120+ radio stations in North America and ranked a D.I.Y. Pick of Performing Songwriter magazine. The new record, HUDSON DELTA follows the success of his sophomore release, COCOON which featured the New Orleans-themed, under-ground favorite, BOURBON STREET.
In 2021, Tuohy continues to cast a spell on listeners with the upcoming album HUDSON DELTA. The lead single, “The Devil’s in New Orleans” dropped on June 2, 2021, and is followed by the track “Old Roads” and accompanying music videos.