Photo courtesy of S-Curve Records
Andy Grammer's "Honey, I'm Good" has been taking over radio airwaves and with good reason. It offers a refreshing spin on the usual topic of relationships, an anti-cheating song of sorts, all while being impossibly fun. It's little wonder the song has been such a massive success and has fans across the world smiling.
Grammer will be giving fans yet another reason to smile tonight when he hits the stage to perform "Honey, I'm Good" on the season finale of American Idol (FOX, 8/7C). So, a word to the wise... you may want to put your dancing shoes on now, because when Grammer performs, it is impossible not to want to dance... even in your living room.
The Reel Spin: First of all, congratulations on the success of "Honey, I'm Good" -- I love that it is sort of the anti-cheating song... being thankful for the love and relationship you have and saying no to any temptations that might come along. Is it gratifying to see the outpouring of love you've had for the song?
Andy Grammer: It's been incredible to see the song take off the way it has, and then to have it be around this topic is just so sweet. There is something refreshing about celebrating staying together.
TRS: The video for "Honey, I'm Good" is one of the happiest, sweetest videos I've ever seen. Such a genius concept! How did you find couples to participate?
Grammer: Me and my manager (Ben Singer) came up with it together and then started reaching out to our family and friends. When the videos started coming back we knew we had something special, so we opened it up to my all my fans as well. It makes for a really fun and surprisingly touching video. Something about all these couples starting from a few months together to having stayed together for over 70 years is really fun and ridiculous but also kind of profound.
TRS: In "Forever" you even manage to make a song about the long time you have to spend waiting for your wife to get dressed positive, because you sing that she is "always worth waiting for." Is that something that you try to do in life as well as in your songs... find the positive spin on things?
Grammer: I definitely look for the positive in my own life. In songwriting I think that it's important to know what you are being positive about. "Everyone just be happy" is ok, but "life is hard and I've been through some shit and I choose to be happy through it all" sounds a little better. It's more honest.
TRS: Your music has all sorts of elements from pop to hip hop, and one of my favorites, "Holding Out," has an almost reggae feel to it. How would you describe your sound and who would you consider to be some of your greatest influences musically?
Grammer: My sound on this last album Magazines or Novels was a little rebellious from the first. The first album was very much an extension of a singer-songwriter on a piano and a guitar and this one cut that chord a little bit and explored into different areas. I stretched out a lot and had fun. I had been listening to a lot of Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, old favorites like Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Lauryn Hill. Just a wide spectrum of artists that say things that make me feel something.
TRS: Do you think your experiences early on as a street performer in Santa Monica helped prepare you for your live shows today... as far as grabbing the attention of the audience from the start and not letting go?
Grammer: I think it's an incredible way to learn how to perform. You know that someone passing you on the street has very little invested and will leave as soon as you stop being compelling. They will leave if the song sucks. They will leave for a number of different reasons, so yeah when I'm putting together a set I'm [very] aware of trying to keep you entertained from the moment you arrive until you leave.
For more on Andy Grammer:
Website - andygrammer.com
Facebook - facebook.com/andygrammer
Twitter - @andygrammer
Interview by Pamela Thomas