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PARRIS MITCHELL

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW PARRIS MITCHELL WHAT HAPPENED?

Hey Parris, thanks for joining us today, lets get into it. What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

It’s always been in my blood. It’s cliche but I’ve always been around music and doing anything else seems outlandish to me.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I come from a musical theater background. Around 2013 I put that career on pause and began a rock band with some incredible friends and musicians called “Night Without Cars” and we toured for the better part of 5 years up until 2020. After covid hit, I started focusing more on my own solo career and here we are today.

What was life like for you before music?

I can’t remember a time before music, honestly. If there was a time, it was likely pretty boring.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

I think singing in the back seat of the car as a kid and my parents hearing it is what steered me into a musical path. If they weren’t supportive I probably wouldn’t have had the success I’ve had today.

PARRIS MITCHELL

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I feel very comfortable in myself and my career at the moment. As far as the industry goes it’s a coin toss. It can be incredible and it can be brutal. It changes so frequently it’s genuinely hard to keep up with what is trending and what is required of an artist. I think it’s important to not focus solely on those viral moments and focus more on your own personal brand and message. If you are plucked from the masses while focusing on you and you alone then its all the more rewarding. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

I think when you have a product that you know is good and others find attractive too you’ll run into a litany of people who believe they have the answers for you. Everyone wants to hop on a moving train. It’s important to trust your gut and sift through the has-been’s (for lack of a better term). I don’t think anyone has the answers. However, you can learn from who you choose to trust and your experiences from doing so.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I ran the NYC marathon twice. I got drunk and ate 3AM chicken wings with Mayday Parade. My dog ran away, twice. 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Money. That old term you got to spend money to make money couldn’t be more true in this industry. Financial aid in this process can go a hell of a way for an artist.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

If you do worry you’ll never explore enough. If you screw up along the way then you can learn from it. If we don’t learn then we stay stagnant and if we stay stagnant then we don’t grow both as an artist and a person. Growing leads to flourishing in both yourself and your career. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

I don’t think pigeons are government drones but I’m sure the government isn’t batting 1000. I’m also easily swayed by a good Netflix documentary. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

I started singing too early and it through off the entire song having to start over. Amateur hour. In front of 3000 people. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

I’m very shy off stage for the most part. I don’t really like talking about myself and I’m a terrible public speaker. 

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

More. Just always more. More shows, more song releases. Always be pushing forward. 

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musk’s contribution to the world?

I don’t have any opinions on him, don’t really know much about him. Though I did see those satellites he put up in the sky once at night and thought it was an alien invasion. 

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

It’s a calumniation of three years of work that I’m incredibly excited about. I’ve never released a full album before, so I’m thrilled to be releasing this body of work. My latest single, Shakespeare Cowboy is possibly my favorite song off the record.

What was the recording process like?

The most fun I’ve had creating a record. I worked with some massively talented musicians, writers and producers to craft the best work possible and I think you can hear how much fun we had in the works themselves. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Exploring uncharted territory. I really wanted to go into the process not being swayed by too many influences of mine and just focus on creating the best songs possible. If that meant the song had to pursue a more pop-punk style or delve into yacht rock vibes then I allowed it to.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not a single thing.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Please listen to my music and come to shows because health-care isn’t cheap and one minute ramen noodles can only sustain so much energy for your day.

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