Jeremy Parsons - 10 Questions Music 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.
My father was and has always been that for me. He was the first one to have the idea. I was complaining about a project for English in High School and how I didn't want to do it. Since I had recently gotten into playing guitar, he suggested I try to write the project out musically first, and that's how it all started. From then on, music was my main focus, and if not for his suggestion, who knows how much longer it would've taken me to find that part of my path.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
When you choose to commit to doing this full-time, it all feels crazy, both good and bad. One of the most fantastic things that happened to me was getting to fly over and play a week's plus worth of shows in Norway. There was another artist initially on the bill, but they ended up having to cancel at the last minute, and I guess I was next on the list, so I got a call, and within 14 hours, I was driving to the airport to hop on a plane to Norway. What a rush, and what a wonderful trip and memory.
What has been the high point of your music path?
It's all perspective. Even the lows aren't that bad because getting to do this will always be a high point of my entire life, but if I had to whittle away at one, it would be getting to open up for George Jones in Houston, TX. It was an honor, and unfortunately, one many will never get to share with me since his passing. He and his wife Nancy were very kind to me, and I even get to be one to share in one of those classic George Jones stories. I had just finished my last song and felt very accomplished and proud of the job I had done when the sound guy alerted me over my in-ears that I would need to perform at least five more songs. So I spun back around to the microphone and said, "just kidding, here's some more song for y'all!" It turns out the Football game went a bit over, and George needed a little bit more time to finish the game up. I was more than happy to oblige.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I wait for the song to find me. That's the way I've always done it, and as the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I enjoy the process of going through life and gathering experiences. It keeps it real and creates that connection with everyone else who might be experiencing the same or similar things. I'm also lucky that the song finds me with lyrics and melody. I don't know why this is, but I'm grateful. From there, I have to find the correct way to bring it to life.
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?
Other than the mainstream labels cornering off the biggest playlists for their artists, I would say that I'm okay with the indie artist position. I prefer it. I believe it will shift more in the indie artist's favor as we've seen it do overtime. More people are starting to realize they can create their labels and keep all the money that the label takes most of anyway. It's almost pointless to sign a deal right now as you have access and outreach that artists didn't have even ten years ago. The game is ever-changing, and we need to be open and patient and change with it.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
My current concrete answer is Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. I don't believe there are much better than him in our industry right now. He's a great writer, a great guitar player, a great entertainer, and he seems like a stellar human being as well. I feel like he has so much to teach, and there's always much more to learn. Brandi Carlile is also phenomenal!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I have very few rehearsals before shows, and usually, that turns out to be more of a hang session than anything. I love the natural feel of things on stage. If a song goes the way it shouldn't mid-show, we ride that wave and make it an experience for the crowd. It's not that you go out there completely a mess, but you want to make sure you're not overly focused on not messing up. That can take attention away from the crowd. They're your primary focus. The main goal is to always have fun with it because it is fun.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
My current single, "Things To Come," is right at the top of the list. I don't think I've ever written a song so many times to make sure it perfectly captured and portrayed what I needed to about a particular time in my life. I believe I wrote that song four times before I felt it was perfect. It was all worth it, though, and it always is. I couldn't be more proud of the song!
What's coming up in the future?
The future feels bright and focused, and I'm very excited! I've got a new Lp dropping January 8th, 2021, called "Things To Come." This album is my most favorite thing I've ever made, and I can't wait to share it with all who want to listen. Stay tuned and tuned in!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Jeremy Parsons
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in Texas music's sounds in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn’t until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music. Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. After a stint in Nashville, including several residencies, Jeremy returned home to San Antonio. Jeremy has charted on multiple airplay and sales charts while making guest appearances on CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC affiliates. His music videos have also received Official Selection status in several international film festivals.