The superb musician ETHAN SENGER has released the must-hear single ‘Standing Still’. Read our full interview below!
Hi Ethan, tell us about yourself?
My name is Ethan Senger. I’m a 23-year-old singer/songwriter. Born into a musical family, I started playing guitar and singing at the young age of 7.
What is your songwriting process?
When I’m trying to write a song, usually what comes first for me is at least a section/chord progression of music that sounds inspiring. From there, I’ll either pretty quickly have a melody idea, or I’ll just start spitballing lyrics to figure out how I want to sing over what I’m playing. After a melody is established, I’ll dive into the lyrics. Which can be a lot of staring at the wall, or they’ll come right out. The sense of inspiration for me usually has a lot to do with how quickly I can get to putting lyrics down to really formulate a song.
Tell us about your brilliant latest release, ‘Standing Still’?
‘Standing Still’ is the single and title track for my full EP, which is released July 28th. This song is a lighthearted but also somewhat in-depth track that serves as a reminder to not be afraid of taking risks and to always stay moving forwards as a musician and songwriter. I’m in control of what happens with my career and what I do to advance it on a day-to-day basis. Distractions, hardships, and doubts can easily creep in. This track is about conquering those things head-on.
‘Standing Still’ is a superb indie-rock release; what draws you to the genre?
I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve grown up in this area pretty much my entire life. Over the past couple of years, I’ve discovered new music in the Seattle music scene and Brit Rock scene that has a sound and honesty that is very inspiring to me. I’ve pulled from some of those influences to help me cultivate a sound for myself that I enjoy!
You’re from Atlanta; what’s the live music scene like there in 2023?
Atlanta has a great music scene! Although it’s a hip/hop and R&B dominant city. It still has an incredibly diverse music scene. I’ve found a lot of opportunities out here so far and connected with many great musicians, songwriters, and music lovers.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
I usually stick to writing about personal experiences in my songs. It’s become something cathartic and a point of self-reflection for myself. If people find that they relate to it and gravitate towards it, that means the world to me!
Who are your musical influences?
I started singing and playing guitar as a young kid. I was originally influenced by my parent’s music. Bands like Journey, U2, Van Halen, and The Police were a few of my early influences. Now, as I’ve been out on my own discovering things for myself. I’ve become very inspired by current artists like Noah Gundersen, Medium Build, Zander Hawley, and Sam Fender. The blend of modern production, pop melodies, and honest songwriting from those artists has really drawn me in and inspired me in a whole new way.
Who are your non-musical influences?
My mother is a big influence in my regular day-to-day life. However, we butt heads because we’re a lot alike. She’s taught me about unconditional love, open-mindedness, and the importance of productivity. My father is also a big influence because he was a guitar player growing up and is the main reason I’m an artist now. He’s really helped me with the behind-the-scenes work of building my career early on.
What scares you most when releasing music?
Outside of sound, I think authenticity and honesty are what captivate people when listening to music. I know it does for me, so my biggest fear when releasing new stuff is appearing cliche.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
The music industry is now flooded with millions of artists and aspiring artists. The internet has brought a great opportunity for everyone to make their voice heard. The downside of that is a lot of great music may never be brought to light due to a possible over-saturation of new music and marketing strategies. I still think if you’re making the music you love and want to make, it will find ears that appreciate it!
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
As an artist, exposure is everything, especially in the early stages. Show your face as much as possible. Make connections with other people in your field, and write the best music you can!
What are your hopes for the next two years?
My hope for the next two years is to go on tour. Live performance is my favourite part of being an artist. It’s my strong suit and a very therapeutic place for me. Travelling the country and world and sharing my music with others is my dream.
FVMusicBlog July 2023