We got to chat with singer-songwriter Etham about his new single “Marathon Hearts” out now on all streaming platforms. We asked Etham all about his new track, his sound, creative process, and lots more. Check it out below.

What can you tell us about your newest single, “Marathon Hearts”?

It’s the first song I’ve put out in a while and I’m excited to finally move on from the more acoustic stuff I was doing to something that feels a bit more developed. “Marathon Hearts” felt like a great song to pick from the upcoming EP to put out first. The song is about that feeling of having no limits to how far you would go for someone, or something you love and how sometimes love or pursuing something you love can feel endless.

When people listen to your music, what are you hoping they get out of it?

Hopefully they can relate to some of my songs and the stories, as well as enjoying the music.

How would you describe the sound of your music?

I’d say it’s pop singer/songwriter. A lot of my previous songs were just acoustic so it felt very intimate and raw. With this next EP, I wanted to keep that but experiment with a mixture of organic sounds and processed electronics, so it felt new but also keeping the rawness of an acoustic guitar or piano.  

Who would you say are some of your musical influences?

A lot of music inspires me, but mostly I think all the artists that cover the category of that classic type of singer/songwriter always inspires me the most.

Did you always know that music was something you wanted to pursue?

Yeah, from the age of 5 all I ever asked for Christmas was guitars and mini drum sets. Music always grabbed my attention more than anything, and I never lost that enthusiasm growing up. I really don’t know what or who I’d be if I didn’t make music.  

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Just don’t stress too much across all areas of the process of trying to be an artist or musician. If you’re persistent and know that you’re always working to be better, then you’re already on a good path. Some things take time and some don’t, just enjoy every second of being able to play an instrument, to be able to sing, and so on.

What is your favorite song to perform live?

“Opposite Of Loving Me”

Can you describe your creative process when you’re writing new music?

I basically just have hundreds of random melodies in my phone and rough ideas recorded on my laptop in logic; different choruses, verses, pre’s, guitar parts, etc. Whenever I team up with a producer or another writer I just try and take some of those ideas along with a concept that feels right and marry the two together. But sometimes it can be really different, if a track is already built then I love to just free style a bunch of stuff and pick apart what works and what doesn’t, and sometimes a melody and lyric just come out of nowhere.

What has been the best advice someone has given you about music?

Don’t let the fear of failure get to you. Failure is good, it’s the only way to really learn so just try enjoy every moment.  


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