10 questions with Broken Field Runner

How did you get into creating music?

Growing up my family was very sports-oriented and despite my parents making a number of earnest attempts at getting me involved in soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming, etc. throughout my childhood, sports never connected with me. From an early age I showed an interest in interacting with music in a number of different ways and some of my earliest memories involve sitting cross-legged in front of the television watching Sing-a-Long songs on VHS. My Uncle was an aspiring actor living in New York City throughout my childhood and he fostered an early interest in musical theatre and I took tap-dancing lessons until I was 13-years-old. Once musical theatre helped me realize that I could sing, I started writing lyrics shortly thereafter. My grandmother showed me a handwritten lyric sheet that I had made at 12 or 13 years old that she has kept for the last 20 years. Once I heard Blink-182's Dude Ranch it was all over. I've been in punk/hardcore/emo/DIY-adjacent bands in one capacity or another ever since.

Where do you get your inspirations from ?

My most formative early musical influences were always lyric-forward, story-tellers: Chris Conley from Saves the Day, Conor Oberst, even Billy Joel and Elton John. Even now I find myself gravitating toward the lyrically heavy over the straight-forward and saccharine: Adrianne Lenker, Craig Finn, Phoebe Bridgers, and David Bazan among others. As a writer and performer, the music has always been a vessel upon which I attempt to carry or prop up the lyrical content or story-telling. I attempt to collect the poetry of the world around me and do it some justice in song the way I would imagine an author would in a short story collection. I acknowledge that the story-telling occasionally comes to the detriment of musicianship or melody and can be a headache for producers.

Use three words to describe your music!

Intense, intentional, and cathartic (at least for me).

What’s your favourite song of yours and why?

My favorite Broken Field Runner song recently has been a soon-to-be released track called "First Outer Inner Last." It's one of the newest songs I've written (it was completed in the studio with Jayden Seeley in January of 2021) and just feels as fresh as anything I've written to date. It's bouncy and catchy, challenging to play and sing for me, and also reminds me of "Losing My Religion" by REM a little bit.

Tell us one artist you are listening to right now!

I like the new Flock of Dimes record and recently discovered a Jenny Lewis release that I didn't know exist as part of a project called "Jenny and Johnny" that came out like 10 years ago. My good friend NXNES just put out a full length record called "Everything Costs A Little Bit" that is excellent and deserves more attention. Craig Finn's most recent effort "All These Perfect Crosses" has been in significant rotation. I can't get the horn line from "It's Never Been A Fair Fight" out of my head most days.

Who would you like to collaborate with the most?

Honestly, I'd love the opportunity to continue to collaborate with the folks I've been able to work with this past year in the future. Jayden Seeley (of With Confidence) is an excellent musician, songwriter, and producer and really helped me pull full songs out of voice memo fragments. NXNES is an artist in the truest sense and any opportunity I have to learn from him is a treasure. I've been playing with our former bassist Laura Murphy recently and have been asked to play on her first record as Public Universal Friend over the next few months. It's just been great to have the opportunity to work with people on music in spite of the ongoing health crisis and am just excited to see where, if anywhere, all of these opportunities go.

Where is your favourite place you have ever performed?

One of my favorite shows ever was a Sunday matinee show at the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, Arizona in 2018. The sound was great and people seemed excited to see live music.

Where is the one place you dream of performing?

Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado though I think I'd pass out if I ever got the opportunity and looked out on a packed amphitheatre.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?

Releasing all of the music I've been recording over the past six months.

What are you working on next?

I had an idea just before the pandemic began to test the boundaries of my musical capability by releasing three EPs of music that served different purposes, represented different styles of music and different aspects of my writing style, and ultimately pushed me to get better. We decided to name the three EPs after the band: "Broken," "Field," and "Runner." Broken came out in May of 2020 but I was not able to get back into the studio, for obvious reasons, until January of 2021.

The "Field" EP is due out in July of 2021 and "Runner" will be ready for release not longer after. In the meantime, I'm working on trying to get as many people to listen as humanly possible.


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