Interview: Corey Breedlove



Dallas musician Corey Breedlove took some time out of his day to do an interview with Suburban Rose. While sitting in a local coffee shop before the interview, Corey tells Alexandra stories about some of his life experiences and being a musician and cracking jokes.

Suburban Rose: What’s your first music memory?

Corey: Oh, gosh, can this also be my most embarrassing music memory?

Yes.

This is pretty embarrassing. The first thing that comes to mind was when my friend Elliot and I were seven, maybe six... I had gotten the CD for my birthday--I’m lying. I was probably older, but we’ll say seven. I got Aaron Carter’s Aaron’s Party and Aaron wants it his way, that was the theme, I guess. I got that for my birthday and then I remember he got it and we would listen to it at his house and we were jumping on the bed, listening to Aaron Carter. You’re not publishing this are you?

[laughing] Yes, I am.

I’m kidding. I also liked Smash Mouth. That was good.

Did you ever take lessons for vocals or any instruments?

I think I tried. It felt like somebody was giving me homework. [It was] the same reason I didn’t like school. It wasn’t creative, so no, not really. I tried a few things and I had a couple of lessons with a classical guitarist. She’s a little out there, like a hippie classical guitarist, which I guess you don’t see very much? I don’t know. It didn’t work. Then a couple of years ago, my girlfriend bought me vocal lessons and the instructor had me literally mimicking the sound of a dog yelping. I thought maybe this isn’t for me either. (Laughs.) I mean literally it was like (very unearthly noises). I can’t even do it. It was weird. Very unconventional.

What is your favorite song to play live?

I love Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” because I feel like I’m always wearing a suit and tie and this is my jam dude. You know what I mean? I also love playing “Ain’t No Sunshine” because it’s just cool.

What’s been the craziest thing that’s happened to you at a concert?

So, I’m just going to pick one here. Back in my rock ‘n roll phase, my hair came down as long as yours [shoulder length]. I went down to Voodoo Fest. We saw Soundgarden, we saw Mastodon, we saw Fitz and the Tantrums before anybody knew them. Then the next night we were going to go see Down, which is Phil Anselmo’s…. Phil Anselmo is the singer for Panthera, his other band. Anyway, they’re from New Orleans. That concert was crazy! So I got thrown into a mosh pit and got like stomped on at a New Orleans metal show. Then Mastodon came out onstage and was filming Down. The metal community, it was nuts, and it was a really scary mosh pit. Then I got up, wiped the blood off, and kept rocking out.

Good answer.

You like the beach story more, don’t you?

I do.

You want me to tell that one?

It’s up to you.

Yeah, let’s do it. Come on, we’ve got to make it edgy, right? [sips cappuccino] Then again, never mind because my grandma might read this and she knows where that would be. Let’s avoid that one. I mean I could talk about that for a while. I might just have to send you the clip of that and I’ll think about it later.

I’ll take it.
Who’s had the biggest influence on your career?

At this point, I believe I actually have a career. I’m playing twenty-two days a month. I finally feel like I have a career. I would attribute all of that to Frank Sinatra because I found my voice and the way that he approached music, and I never heard it quite like that. It just hit me at the right time. I’ve listened to all kinds, but there’s something special about that for me.

Did you always know that you wanted a career in music?

Yep. Actually, funny enough, when I was in first grade I told my mom I wanted to be a preacher, like a pastor. My, how that shifted. Needless to say, she’s not thrilled, but I’m doing all right with it. But yeah, that was the next thing on the list after, preacher. [laughing] Maybe we should change that answer up a little bit. Do you like that?

[laughs] That’s perfect.
Oh, this is very candid. I like it.

Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?

Give me a second on that one, because that’s a tough one. [pauses for a moment] I want to say like some hot girl so I can have some John Mayer-esque type fling with her, you know, during? Make the music really emotional… keep that in there. I like that…. I would say without a doubt either John Mayer or Drake. Actually, not Drake. He doesn’t write anything. John Mayer 100%.  It’s so true. I hope he doesn’t read this. You know we follow each other on Twitter, so. Well, mostly. I mean, I do. He’ll get there.

What’s been your favorite show that you have played thus far and why was it your favorite?


I actually just saw a video back when I was in my psychedelic rock band. I had the hair. There was just nothing like it. The jazz stuff has been fun, it’s so different. Let me think about that for a second actually. I played so many of them. I played at Six Flags one year. That was cool. Pretty much any show where I got laid afterwards is a pretty good show to play.

Six Flags, huh?

Yeah, you know. They’re older. Do you ever start a sentence and you’re like, what am I doing? How do I get out of this? What have I done? Oh my God. I’m going to say it was with my rock band. Are you still recording?

Yes.

It was with my rock band. It was called Moon. It was a three-piece with my girlfriend and my best friend, her brother. They’ll probably read this, so hi, guys! I hope you read this. But pretty much any show with them. We played at Three Links. That was really fun. Oh, you know what?! It was at Hard Rock CafĂ© with Moon, with those two opening for Solace. The place was sold out, one hundred people there. I’ve never had more fun on stage. That was it, for sure.

What’s been the most rewarding moment of your career thus far?

Getting to a place where people pay me a lot of money to do whatever I want to do. And that’s where I’m at right now. I cannot be more thankful, more appreciative, and I truly believe that’s a blessing from God. I almost don’t know how to be more thankful about it. I also really respect the people that understand how that works, the business of it.

What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a musician?

Stripping. [silence]

We’re just leaving it at that? 

That is not a difficult question. No, I’m just kidding. I would be shaking hands in a suit somewhere else. I love doing the business. I love helping people. I love marketing and advertising and creative work that involves putting things together. So something artistic, no doubt. But you’ve got to turn that art into something that has value. I guess if you summed it up, turning art into value somehow.

What inspires you to make music?

Getting paid. Getting paid hundreds. Nah, I’m just kidding. You know, it’s changed. The reasons have changed. When I got into it, it was the only thing that was mine. There were no musicians around me. It was all football players and nobody really necessarily encouraging that. It felt like it was mine. I didn’t want to play other people’s music either. I didn’t play a cover song until years after I started writing music. I always wanted to create my own, be my own thing.

What would you say is the most difficult part of being a musician?


Telling it to a girl on a first date that you’re a full-time musician. No, I’m kidding.

That would have been a really good answer.

It is a good answer but... actually, yeah, I’m going to stick with that.

What are your biggest hopes for the future of your career?

Telling a girl that I’m a full-time musician and her liking me.

Perfect.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Don’t tell a woman on the first date. It’s like an STD: you’ve got to work your way up to it. Make sure she likes you first. [laughs loudly]

[laughs] All right, that’s all I had.

I feel like those are some deep questions that I would like the answers to.

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