Sit down with Geddes the Sea for a little, and you’ll learn everything you need to know. Seriously, the guy is an open book — just read this interview. His honesty and his willingness to risk it all to get where he’s going makes Geddes the Sea a force to be reckoned with. I for one cannot wait to hear what else Geddes the Sea has up his sleeve.
MusicDash: What is the inspiration behind your stage name?
Geddes the Sea: That is a great question that actually has a long, complicated answer. But to sum it up, Geddes is my middle name. Geddes the Sea is my solo project, and I wanted a way to show that it is definitely a part of me and personal to me. The Sea comes from a quote that I love. When someone accused someone else that all of their good deeds and efforts to change things for the better would be nothing but a single drop in an endless ocean, the man responded “What is an ocean, but a multitude of drops?” That imagery has stuck with me, and personally I use it as an analogy for my fans. So yes, I refer to my fans as “The Sea” and I use it as part of my projects name to emphasize the fact that I would be nothing without the people who support me and my music.
MusicDash: What drew you to Nashville?
Geddes the Sea: Nashville drew me for a few reasons. Number one being that it’s the music capitol of the world. I’m from out west (Provo, Utah) and I had always wanted to move somewhere pretty far from where I grew up my whole life, just to experience something new. Nashville (being 1500 miles away) seemed like a great fit. Plus I love the warm weather and I love southern folk. And I have to say that I LOVE it here. So many talented people, whether it be musicians, producers to photographers and writers such as yourself. It is really nice to be able to be immersed in such a talented city.
MusicDash: Tell us a little about your musical background.
Geddes the Sea: The first instrument I learned was actually Viola. I started when I was 11 years old. To be honest, I really didn’t think of my music as something I should do until I turned about 16. By then I had taught myself 13 other instruments and I was composing a lot. The high school I attended was fortunate enough to have a really amazing orchestra conductor, and I was lucky enough to be a part of one of the best High School orchestras in the state. I also have a profound love for music theory. I guess you could say that I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to music theory.
MusicDash: For the first time in a long time, you’ve released new original music on Soundcloud. How was the response for “Holy Ghost?”
Geddes the Sea: Yes! That was so fun to release! The response has been amazing. Honestly, I didn’t think I would be able to get a big response for it. I had just moved out here to Nashville, and I kind of left my following from Utah behind (I had a completely different band back then). People were saying that they thought they were hearing it off the radio, which is a such a great compliment. And everybody was so kind to share it as well.
MusicDash: I know that you’re supposed to release an EP soon! When is it being released and what was your inspiration behind the sound of the EP as a whole?
Geddes the Sea: Things got a little crazy for me the last few months, and I was struggling hard to make ends meet, so music kind of took a backseat for a while. But I can say that I am working on more music right now, and I will be releasing the EP sometime in late fall. The inspiration for this new sound (all of Geddes the Sea is a new sound to me) would be the fact that I didn’t want to do something that sounded like the previous music I’ve released. I have really gotten into synthesizers and I’ve discovered that I really like writing stuff that sounds great in your car stereo, so you have that to look forward to.
MusicDash: If you could record any other genre, what would it be?
Geddes the Sea: I would definitely record R&B. I absolutely LOVe any R&B vocalist. There’s something about those silky smooth runs and soft falsettos that really draw my ear in when I listen. I also love the vocal harmonies that are included with that genre. And I love that the genre can be something as modern as Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Vision” or something as classic sounding as Allen Stone’s “Unaware.”
MusicDash: What are your ultimate goals?
Geddes the Sea: That is a great question! I would really love to be a film scorer ultimately. But I also really love playing shows and writing lyrics and songs. And recently, I’ve found a passion for producing. There’s something so fun about taking a song that someone has given you, and turning it into something that sounds just like what was in their head. But to sum it all up, if I end up in basically anywhere in the creative side of the music business, I’ll be happy.
MusicDash: What’s next for you?
Geddes the Sea: Next I’m really working on getting this EP out. I also have a top secret album that I am working on (sssshh!). I’m actually really excited about this album. It’s been about two and a half years in the making, and it’s going to be epic. I’m also focusing on expanding my reach, and creating stuff that my current fans will enjoy and want to share. Something else I’d really like to do is make my music accessible to everyone who wants it. I have his a lot of rough patches financially, and I remember walking down the CD aisle at Walmart thinking “Man I really wish I could afford that.” I’d love for every person who really wants my music to have the opportunity to have it, whether they can pay as much as everyone else or not. That is why up to this point, everything that I’ve released has been free to download. However, I do want to be able to live off of music at some point, so I recognize that I can’t release everything for free. But if you want to support me and my music, there is a page on my website (http://www.geddesthesea.com/support/) that shows you a few different ways you can contribute.
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