Eddy Mann’s a… worship leader, musician, songwriter, teacher, speaker, coach, husband, and father… whether you know him as one or more of these people, you know his heart; you know his love; you know his discipleship.
Eddy Mann Interview
– What’s new in the world of Eddy Mann? What’s new is the release of a collection of a songs called Re:Prize. I recently sold out of three albums and decided to collect the most engaging songs from those projects and create a new album. It’ll be released in September, which caused The Consequence release date to be pushed back to November.
– How was it recording your album The Consequence? The actual recording of The Consequence was quick taking three months to complete. The process felt very natural. Musically and lyrically it flowed seamlessly. I think it’s a bit quieter than Dig Love, a bit darker at times, but it still reflects the power of love in our lives.
– How do you build a song up from nothing to become something? Every song is different. There’s no particular process that I use. I want the experience to feel as natural as possible so that there’s nothing that seems forced. That doesn’t mean it all goes down perfectly in one take. There are times when you need to walk away to clear your head; to cleanse and reinvigorate your creativity, but generally I instinctively hear what track I want to lay down next.
– When writing a song, is there such a thing as investing too much time? What’s the shortest time you ever took to write one? What was your strangest inspiration? I don’t think a song is ever really finished, but there has to come a time when you set it free to be heard by the public. My songs always continue to grow after they’re recorded and we start to perform them live. Over the course of a year some songs change dramatically. As far as the initial writing process once again every song is different. There’s a song on the Who We Are album called Beautiful Day, I wrote that in less than an hour and went directly into my studio and recorded it within the next hour. Granted it’s a very simple arrangement of vocal and guitar, but that’s an example of just how quickly the process can happen. I’m not sure what the strangest inspiration might be. I’m often inspired by paintings and my mind can really run wild when I see a scene and start to create a melody and/or a story line from within the brush strokes.
– Do you have any tours coming up in the near future? The rest of 2016 will find me sporadically doing dates in the northeast states while I continue to put the final wrappings on the Re:Prize and Consequence albums. Early in 2017 I’ll be spending 6 to 8 weeks traveling through Virginia, the Carolina’s, Georgia and Florida.
– Could you describe some of your earliest influences in life and in music? My father was a pianist and had a bebop quintet that often rehearsed in our house so that had an effect on me, and as a young child my mother passed down quite a bit of culture to me through a number of songs. I was exposed to a lot of different styles of music growing up so there were all kinds of artists that were becoming a part of my fabric without me knowing.
– How important is it for a musician in this generation to spend time on social media? Social media has become an enormous factor in promotion and in just generally connecting with fans. It’s a necessary evil unless you’re attracted to grazing on it. I don’t spend much time hanging out there, but I understand and enjoy the value of building relationships with fans, friends and peers.
– In your opinion, which album would be essential to have if someone were stranded on a deserted island? Well that would have to be different for each person, but for me the Beatles Sgt. Pepper. Whenever I revisit that album I’m inspired by something else, and on a deserted island that’s the one thing I’d be wanting from the only album I had.
– Where do you see music in general going in 100 years from now? It appears that technology will continue to have a say in what direction the music business takes. It’s become very easy for people to express their musical and lyrical ideas through social media and I don’t see that stopping as we move forward. I suppose we’ll continue to be inundated with new releases and that may cause us to become numb after a while. I hope not. The optimist in me wants to believe that we’ll be more inspired than ever before.