Cody Crump

Mr. Cody Crump is on the lips of critics around the country these days – the LA native by way of Colorado charming his listeners with comforting soundscapes dripping with sexy undertones. You’ve no doubt heard his music on HBO’s Leftovers,  Showtime’s Penny Cody Crumpunnamed-2Dreadful, and most recently his song “Burn” on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder (not to mention the upcoming film, The List, the vehicle in which Crump’s music will finally hit the big screen). Cody first grabbed us in 2015 with his EP, Death, but today we’re excited about a new offering (due out on March 17), a collection titled simply, Hola. Crump says of the new record, “I think it is a lot of fun – but powerful as well. I can’t think of much to compare it to. I’m very proud of it, and I had a lot of fun making it.” Click to to download Hola as soon as it arrives, and of course, keep reading for all the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Cody Crump (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?

Cody Crump (CC): My sound changes depending on what I am inspired by – or whatever specific project I am working on. My sweet, sweet soul – that’s what separates me from other artists.

PEV: Now calling LA home, what kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

CC: I loved the Beach Boys as a kid – and country – Garth Brooks. Then I discovered hip hop and rock – which changed everything. My first big concert was Metallica, and that was a massive moment for me.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like? 

CC: Difficult. Especially when you kinda do your own thing. When you are little “off the beaten path” you kinda gotta work harder and make people come to you. I played a couple of covers at an open mic night when I was 16. I forgot the lyrics midway through the second song and it was pretty terrible, but I survived. The response overall was really great though, and kinda pushed me forward.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Cody Crump show?

CC: I’d say it’s somewhat unique. I’ve been playing very intimate things for a long time where you can really engage people – but I’m hoping to move onto bigger shows that become a bit more of a spectacle.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?

CC: Don’t fuck up. Stop thinking. If you think – you’ll fuck up.

Cody CrumpunnamedPEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?

CC: It’s a really powerful thing to have people react and feel a multitude of emotions from you singing a song. It seems so simple – but it can have a massive impact on someone.

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? 

CC: My life.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

CC: Yeah. I’m not surprised, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Music is my favorite thing in the world.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

CC: I love sports.

PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?

CC: Sometimes you power through. Sometimes you step away and come back whenever you are inspired.

PEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out?

CC: It’s still a chaotic, messy shithole filled with a lot of great people.

Cody Crumpunnamed-12PEV: What can fans expect from your new EP, Hola, due out March 17th? What was the writing process like for this work? 

CC: I think it is a lot of fun – but powerful as well. I can’t think of much to compare it to. I’m very proud of it, and I had a lot of fun making it.

PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

CC: Japan.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

CC: Everyone is pretty supportive, and I think a lot of people are surprised that I ended up doing this, and that I’m still doing it.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

CC: I am a big fan of movies and film, and am continually interested in learning more and experimenting with filmmaking. I also love sports. And Margaritas.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

CC: David Bowie. He was the best. His ability to collaborate with other artists was his greatest strength, in my opinion.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

CC: My friend Danz’s project Computer Magic is pretty awesome (we also have a side project called ‘Cody & Danz’ coming out in July).

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?

CC: Art. Some other form of art.

PEV: So, what is next for Cody Crump?

CC: Take over the universe, and drink more margaritas.

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