Interview with Drew Pulliam

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Whether writing music, performing in theater, or making movies with his friends, Drew Pulliam always had a knack for storytelling.

Growing up, his mother ran a theater in his hometown of Jonesboro, AR and has been surrounded by stories his entire life. He recalls, “I remember playing with my toys on the stage while hearing the latest artistic argument over music and lighting. When we’d come home from rehearsal with my five older brothers and sisters, the dinner table was filled with the stories about my brother’s latest girlfriend or my sister’s latest girl squabble. Pretty soon I was telling stories of my own.”

Have you always been interested in music? Was there a particular song/performance that made you say “Woah! I want to do that!”?

I’ve ALWAYS had a love for the arts. I grew up doing shows at the community theater that my mom ran in my hometown. I love to sing and act. When I was about 12 I REALLY got into Billy Joel and Elton John and it kicked off my love for playing the piano and songwriting.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

That’s a good question, I would say it lies somewhere between folk and rock. Although every song I write tends to be pretty different!

What was the idea behind the title track, “16 Going On 60”? Any fun stories you can share from the writing/recording process?

I tend to have this desire to be in the next stage of life. This song is me reminding myself, “Calm down a little down, you’ll get there.”

What was it about “16 Going On 60” that made you want to use that song as the name of your debut EP?

I’m 18 now, but wrote most of these songs when I was 15 or 16 years old, and I couldn’t wait to get them out there in the world. I wanted the title of the EP to reflect that feeling.

What was the creative process like for the “Little Things” music video? How did you come up with the inspiration for the video?

We shot my first two music videos ever in the same weekend, 16 Going On 60 and Little Things.  16 Going On 60 featured the downtown of the city I grew up in. Little Things got even more personal being on the stage of the theater I spent a lot of my childhood.

We know it might be hard to choose but do you have a favorite song on the EP and why?

That is a hard question, because I like every song for different reasons! Sweet Alyssa is one of my favorites.  It’s a fun lighthearted song that feels like summer. January might be my favorite right now. It was just so fun to write and I get excited to play it live, especially with someone singing harmonies.

What’s next for you? Can we expect more new music in the future?

Absolutely! I’ve never stopped writing and I’m already in the recording process for the next EP which I’m hoping to release late this year or early 2024.

If we were to look at the artists you are listening to, who would be on your playlist?

My playlist can range from a lot of different people, here’s just a few!

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Harry Styles

Fleetwood Mac

The Avett Brothers

HoundMouth

River Whyless

Nathaniel Rateliff

John Mayer

If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?

“Here’s an update”

You are a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Maybe an Ocean Blue.

What makes you nostalgic?

My family

If you could ask your future self one question, what would it be?

“Have the robots taken over yet?”

If you could learn any language fluently what would it be?

Definitely French.

DP EP final

Drew Pulliam is celebrating a major milestone in his promising young career with the release of his debut EP 16 Going On 60 out now. The 18-year-old musician and artist has crafted a collection of songs that capture the essence of growing up and all the changes that come with it. Stream the brand new EP now and watch the just released music video for his latest single January

Drew Pulliam - January (Official Music Video)

Follow Drew on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and visit his official website for more.

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