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Music Chats: Reese Posten

Hailing from The Bay Area, emerging artist Reese Posten delivered his latest single One Less after a series of incredible releases this year. With mellow and lo-fi indie-acoustic soundscapes; Reese delivers a stunning brand of refreshing and unique artistry, subtly reminiscent of the likes of John Mayer and Elliott Smith. Recording and publishing music for the last five years; 2020 has been a fantastic year for Reese, marking the next step in his exciting artistic journey. And with that, we sat down with the talented artist to chat about his year in music so far, his artistic journey and what’s in store for him next. 

TSU: How are you? How have you been?

RP: Hi! Thank you for talking with me! I’ve been really good! I’ve been keeping busy with a lot of songwriting and recording. I’m also a full-time student at Berklee College of Music so I have a lot on my plate these days. Life is really good right now though and I’m just trying to do as much as I can.

TSU: Tell us about your journey in music so far; was music always a main passion of yours and a natural career path?

RP: Ever since I was around six years old, I never doubted that I wanted to become a working musician. I started playing guitar around that time and fell in love with it. Even today I can’t sit still without picking one up. I grew up playing in rock bands and it wasn’t until early 2019 that I started writing music individually. But yes, it has always been a strong passion of mine and I don’t ever see myself giving it up. So far, I have been trying to produce as much content as possible to solidify my foundation as an artist and I’ve been loving the whole process so far. 

TSU: Coming from The Bay Area, how has the local music scene influenced your artistic sound and style?

RP: The music scene here was everything in forming the musician I am and would like to be. I grew up listening to a lot of punk band and Bay Area based artists and completely fell in love with the entire scene. Even in my music today I try to incorporate structural and melodic influences from the rock music that I still love today. It’s funny how the mellow kind of music that I love to write was created from fast and aggressive kinds of songs. Overall, there’s a strong chance that if I didn’t grow up here I wouldn’t be playing music like I am today. 

TSU: Are there any hometown artists from The Bay Area who you particularly love, or have inspired you?

RP: GREEN DAY! As a kid I was absolutely obsessed with Green Day. It wasn’t until early high school that I started to branch out and listen to different genres like blues and R&B based music. Growing up I wanted to be Green Day and I was captivated by their music and live performances. They inspired me to pursue music as a career and I would be so lost without them. Other than them though, I loved a lot of the bands that I used to play with in high school like Carpool Tunnel, Unpopular Opinion, Livewater, and so many more. I remember have such a good time being around them and playing shows with them. They definitely inspired me so much to work harder and write more music.

TSU: To someone who is less familiar with you and your music, how would you best describe your sound?

RP: I would describe it as mellow and easy to listen to. I work really hard to write songs that I would listen to on a drive. I love that feeling. I feel like my songs are partially guitar influenced but mainly focus on melodies that captivate the listener and make them want to hear it again. I do really like to diversify my sound however. I love experimenting in different genres like blues, jazz, and R&B. I feel like pulling from different sources gives the listener a really interesting experience and can even expose them to music they didn’t know they liked.

TSU: What’s your usual writing and creative process, and how has that changed for you this year?

RP: I used to come up with ideas for melodies or guitar riffs at the most inconvenient times, like at work or at school. I starting writing them down or recording them on my phone as fast as possible and would go work on them once I got home. Today, I usually sit down with an idea and work everything out with a guitar. It isn’t until the recording process when I start experimenting with different instruments and sounds and it seems like that’s where the really interesting things start happening. 2020 has honestly allowed me to spend more time writing and recording so as horrible as the pandemic is, I was lucky enough to be in a space where I can constantly create music.

TSU: How have you found it being a young emerging artist during these strange times?

RP: Right now, it’s really hard to tell. I definitely have more time to focus on my music and I feel very lucky to be able to do that. On advertising myself and working on outreach, it’s not all what I was expecting. There’s a lot of taking pictures and videos and trying to establish myself on social media. There’s only so many places where you can expose the public to your music these days and they all seem to be on social media and the internet. Although it has made it a little bit easier because EVERYONE is online all the time.

TSU: What have you learnt over this past year as a musician and creative?

RP: I’ve learned so much about production and songwriting just from experiencing so much of it this year. As a musician I’ve learned that there is so much more to everything than just the music and it has been really interesting to discover new stepping stones and follow a really unpredictable path. I have learned a lot about myself though. Writing music all the time and drawing from my own life has been such an amazing experience in learning about myself. In my music, the lyrics that I write usually flow pretty quickly and I’m able to reflect on them after the song is done. It’s kind of like being in a trance and then discovering what was on your mind at the time. It’s really cool.

TSU: What was your first musical experience as an artist that really stands out for you?

RP: When I was a freshman in high school, my band at the time played a show at the upstairs of the DNA Lounge. It was our first show at a club and it was so much fun. We had sold a lot of tickets and the place was completely packed. I remember playing and seeing everyone dance and have a good time and I was right at home. It felt so good to share our music with people we had never seen before and I’m constantly chasing that feeling. Playing live shows is so addictive and every musician is just trying to find that feeling again.

TSU: Do you have any plans or goals in mind for what you want to do, or achieve, in 2021?

RP: Hopefully when the virus is gone, I can start thinking about live shows and engaging with people on a more personal level. I would also really like to release an EP or a short album next year. I’m just really excited to see how far I can go and I plan to ground my expectations and let whatever’s going to happen, happen.

With the promise of more to come, we cant wait to see what’s in store for Reese next, as he continues on his rising trajectory. To keep up with his incredible journey, and all that’s to come from Reese next year; find him on all his socials @reese.posten

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