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Interview: Bobby Kendrick
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
My earliest memory is performing on stage at 4-years-old so I think it has always just been a part of who I am. I believe I would have pursued acting. I have enjoyed theatre, film and television in the past.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I very much enjoy simple home life. I love to cook healthy organic foods and take care of the yard. It gives me a solid base from which I allow myself to explore creative outlets.
How long has music been your career?
I moved to Nashville January 2019 to give myself a chance. Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music? I was born and raised on Central Coast, CA. People tell me they can hear the beach-vibe in my songs.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
I don't have a "worst show". Whether I am performing for one or a thousand people, the rush is still the same. I just love to perform.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
My favorite venue to play at is the one where people come to hear original music. I do have bucket list places to play, such as Red Rock in Colorado, Madison Square Garden and headlining the CA Mid-State Fair in my hometown.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Oh this a good one.. I have dreamt of sharing the stage with Rob Thomas and Matchbox 20, Mumford and Sons, and of course Freddie Mercury since we're dreaming. We would all do the Superbowl Half-time show together.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
My advice is to visualize the biggest and best dream possible. Wake up every day and decide that it is so. Learn to accept that a "No" is as good as a "Yes".
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
I wouldn't have listened to my parents' advice for a conservative career choice and started sooner.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
"I'm No Angel" means the most because it's an honest depiction of mine and my family's story.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
My favorites to play happen to be the ones that are requested the most. Good Times, Señorita, and Simpson Bay. They are all very fun sing-along songs.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
It usually starts sitting alone with my guitar. A riff begins to develop, which inspires a mood, and then a melody. Before I knew it, I got a little song.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I believe that people are simple. We all desire to love and be loved so the message that we're all very much the same is a theme in my songs.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
Yes, all the time. I smile and nod, and when they're gone, I rewrite it to fit my personality.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
"I'm No Angel" comes out April 28th on all music platforms, followed by a music video in May. We are looking forward to an EP release in July and touring this Summer.