We caught up with the singer-songwriter before his gig on Friday
We spoke to the 30-year-old American singer-songwriter and Perez Hilton favourite ahead of his gig at Barasti
What are you up to right now? I’m in Los Angeles, I’ve just finished recording my new album. I’ll be here for a few days and then I’m heading back to New York where I live. We’re 12 hours apart, it’s 9pm here, 9am there in Dubai. What does tomorrow look like?
It’s nice – little bit chilly, but still sunny. Perfect.
So have you literally just finished recording your album in the past couple of days? Yeah, I finished two days ago so I’ve taken a day or two to unwind a bit and am looking forward to playing new songs before I come over to Dubai.
Was it a difficult creative process, or did it all happen quite quickly? Both, I guess. It took me a while. I spent a year writing all the songs and making sure I had everything put together, but the actual recording went pretty quickly. It was good, I’m glad I have it all finished and I’m excited to share the music.
What’s the overall feel of the album? The vibe is really positive and upbeat and very melodic and kind of soulful as well.
You’ve been compared to a lot of people in the past, such as Stevie Wonder and Jason Mraz. Who do you like to be compared to? I love Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Paul Simon. I love songwriters and great melodies.
You were originally signed to Madonna’s label. What’s she like? I didn’t get to meet her, unfortunately. Her managers run the label so I met them a few times. But I’m sure she’s very nice.
She must have approved, obviously. Right, yeah.
How was it supporting Kelly Clarkson? Great. Kelly’s really fun and we got to become friends. The tour was a lot of fun. She’s an unbelievable singer. I got to do a duet with her during the show and that was just great. She’s got this unbelievable voice.
Do you think you might record together? Yeah, I’d love to. We’ve been in touch and we’ll see. She has an amazing voice and she’s a lot of fun.
Toured with a lot of people – who did you gel with best? I always get on with everybody. I’ve been lucky to tour with a lot of great acts. For me I like being exposed to different kinds of audiences. I like the challenge of trying to win over a crowd. I’m looking forward to. Dubai and playing to a new audience and, you know, hopefully having fun with everybody.
What have you heard about Dubai? I’ve heard it’s a good time, and people are really laidback sspecially this venue [Barasti] we’re playing at is somewhere people come to hang out, it seems like it’ll be a good atmosphere to perform in.
You’re very popular in Australia and New Zealand – do you think there is any reason your music emanates with people there? I’m not really sure, but I feel really lucky. It’s great to be able to go there and tour and, having been the first time, knowing people really getting into the music there.
Have you been over there a lot? I’ve been there twice now, so I’ll probably go again to promote the new album.
Would you move out of the US? I recorded some of the new album in London and I got to live there for a month. That was really fun. I would love to see a few other places but I do like being in New York. I feel really lucky that I get to see other parts of the world.
Do you have a lot of musician friends? I don’t see a ton o fthem, as I see so many while I’m on tour. I’m still close with a lot of the friends I went to school with.
What will you be doing this time next year? Hopefully I’ll be out and touring the new record. I’ll just keep trying to get better with my songwriting and performances. I hope I’ll be touring and getting to play my music.
And in five years? Obviously there are goals and things I want to get done. For me I just want to keep getting better and creating music for the fans. With this album I really had the fans in mind as I love playing to crowds and hearing them sing along. Eric Hutchinson plays Barasti on Friday February 25, show starts from 8pm