The Auditory Adventures of Logan
The Auditory Adventures of Logan
Meet Logan, a solo artist based out of Albany, New York whose imaginative songs are brimming with vibrant melody and deep introspection. Best known for his work within the ranks of Restless Streets, the solo journey Logan is traversing upon is absolutely intriguing to witness. Highwire Daze recently caught up with Logan on the eve of the release of a brand new single entitled Something That I Like. Read on as we embark upon the auditory adventures of Logan…
Where are you currently based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
I live in Albany, New York. Our local music scene is a roller coaster. I feel as if Albany musicians are close knit across multiple genres. We have seen many influential venues come and go in my city, and I feel like this scene relies heavily on these places to survive. When a venue closes, it leaves a lot of us without a place to call home. We are a resilient group though, and this scene has always found a way to relocate, and find a new place where we can come together to do what we love. Our current situation in this pandemic is heartbreaking. I know so many individuals in this area are struggling without the revenue, and fulfillment that live music provides. I look forward to a time where we can reunite in a venue again.
Is there any overall story or concept behind the new single Something That I Like?
This song is different from any other I’ve written. I wanted to write a song about the complexities of love. I feel like love songs are only written in one way. Most love songs to me just sound like the man or woman who wrote them are trying to butter up their lover after an argument. I wanted to write a realistic love song. A love song that speaks volumes with very few words. I think I captured something that we all experience, and I think my fans will be able to relate to me on many levels.
Who produced Something That I Like and what was it like working with them?
I work with a genius. His name is Nick Scott. I’ve worked with him in the past with a band called Restless Streets that I sang for. We remained friends, and I’ve always admired his work, so it only made sense to continue our relationship when I decided to embark on this solo endeavor.
Another recent single was entitled Goner. What is the story behind the lyrics for that song?
I wrote Goner one night when I was laying in bed thinking about what will happen to me as I get older. I start the song speaking about high school, and the ways those crucial years can shape a person. I lost my mind through my high school years, and made many mistakes. Some of which hurt me, and some of which forced me to grow as a human being. I realized that I grew the most through tragedy, heartbreak, and pain. I just wanted to write something that encapsulated my growth, and the reasons I am who I am today. Life is a heartbreaking journey, and the only way you’ll be happy is if you are confident in your own decisions that you made for yourself. “I already know where Ima go when Ima goner” Is a repetitive lyric in the song. The message there is that I feel everyone needs to be conscious of their decisions, and the consequences that come with them. As long as you find comfort in those choices, you will have peace in your life.
In the song Rearview, there’s a promo picture of you in a lake it looks like. Tell me about that song and photo session….
The photo is actually straight from the video that we shot for the song. Both of my parents passed away in close proximity last summer. They were my best friends, and our family of 6 have been incredibly close our entire lives. My father passed away very unexpectedly, and mother was sick with brain cancer for a little over a year before she passed. Rearview was the first song I wrote after coping with my family’s loss. I wanted to write a song as a last message to my parents; they were my biggest fans. I also just needed to speak those words, and my music is the one place I go to when I have something to say. My songs are somewhat of a public diary. My family, my girlfriend, friends, and fans pay close attention to the things I say in my songs. My music is the perfect place to explain myself without having to actually speak to anyone individually.
How close are you to releasing an entire EP or album?
At the moment I’m focussed on releasing a single every month. I want to keep people entertained, and I know that my own attention span is that of a mosquito, so I think I’ll just keep consistently releasing singles until I have an idea big enough to write an album about.
What has it been like to release new music in the middle of a pandemic and so much social unrest in the world?
I find peace when writing music in my own home. I can write about anything I want, and it seems to ease my mind, even if only for a few hours. I hope to provide a sense of relief to everyone who listens to my songs. I try to write about relatable topics, and I’m always open to anyone who wishes to speak to me about the hardships they are experiencing in their lives. I love everyone. Extreme changes within our society must be made.
If you could open for any band or artist either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I wish I could drum for “The Bus Boys” the when they opened for Eddie Murphy’s “Delerious” stand up tour in 1983. Other than that, I really don’t care who I play with.
When you look back on your journey with Restless Streets, what do you think of the music now in retrospect? Is the band still together? Do you still keep in touch with any of the members of Restless Streets and what have they have been up to?
I absolutely love everything that my brothers and I in Restless Streets have created. We never broke up. We wrote an album that we were all incredibly happy with. There was a point in time where we decided that we wanted to see what we could do if we all experimented in different realms of life. We all keep in touch fairly often, some more than others. We are all excited for each other, and everyone is on to new and exciting ventures.
I’m looking back on old News Items on the website, and there was one where it was announced Restless Streets was opening for Poison!?! Did that happen and did you get to meet or hang out with them at all?
We did open for Poison. Bret Michaels had a really nice dressing room set up for us. Our families got to see us play an arena. We felt really good that night. We played a beautiful set, and hung out with everyone on the tour. That night was completely fucked, and I loved every second of it. I won’t ever forget that experience.
What are the future plans for Logan?
I want my music to reach anyone, and everyone who needs it. I write from my heart, and I write for a reason. With the current circumstances, there is so world that I can tour in. I just plan on keeping my fans entertained, and using this time to bunker down and write as much music as I can so when the time comes, I’ll be able to meet these people, and play it for them live.
Any final words of wisdom?
To anyone who listens: Thank you, I love you.
To future musicians: Do not stop. Be consistent. Make your dream a reality.
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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