Singer-songwriter Seth Newton discuss wrapping up his recent music tour, touring around the U.S., his single ‘Without You’ on Reverbnation, projects he’s working on and more!

Beyond The Lens – Singer-songwriter Seth Newton is giving us the inside view of his life as a music artist from the state of Massachusetts. I recently caught up with the music artist to finish up an interview we got started around the 4th quarter of last year.

I have been connected with Seth through Facebook for a while now and I even found my way to his music page a few times. He is really talented and fun to listen to. I definitely feel his music could reach people of all ages. This interview was definitely something that should have been happened a long time ago. I’m glad I was able to finish it to share it all with you!

 

~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Seth Newton*~*~

 

Internet Hollywood: Hey Seth! I’d like to welcome you to your first interview with us at Internet Hollywood. I heard some of your music and I definitely could imagine myself being in the presence of your live shows. Your music really touches on things that reflect the life of others. When did you first get involved with music and who were your influences?

 

Newton: Thank you so much. I first started playing music in my early teenage years. I was in my first band at the age of twelve and we were straight up kids playing shows at these rough rock and roll clubs in the Worcester area. My father was a musician and singer as well his whole life, so I definitely got a lot of inspiration and musical genes from him. His inclination towards music and singing more than likely ignited that flame in me at the beginning. And I always loved music even when I was a child. My favorite albums to put on by choice once I figured out how to use our stereo were Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ & Aerosmith’s ‘Greatest Hits’ all the oldies and classics.

 

Internet Hollywood: How long does it normally take for you to write a song and record it and what song in the past took you the longest to record?

 

Newton: The songwriting process for me varies. It all depends on the frequencies, inspiration and vision I’m working with. Some songs come out all at once without almost any effort, some songs can take months. I can always sit down and pull something out if I want but I’m most pleased and feel more natural when I let the song form however it wants to. Some of the songs from my album ‘Glory’ probably took the longest or were the most difficult for me to work on and finish. When I started writing songs for that album, I was in a relationship that I thought was everything at the time. About half the songs on the album were written or finished after the person left me. Needless to say, it was an emotional album.

 

Internet Hollywood: If I’m correct, you recently did a music tour. How did that come about and where did you go?

 

Newton: Yes! I did just finish up another tour that wrapped up in October. I was out for about seventy days ( ten weeks ) with a tour company based out of Nashville, USA. The company scouted me out and we corresponded for a bit, kind of getting to know each other. They invited me down to Nashville in the spring for four-day music festival/industry conference type of event. After that, they offered me a couple different legs of tour dates throughout the country and I jumped at the opportunity! My dates of the tour were initially supposed to be a month in the northwest ( Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Northern California, etc ) and then fly out to the southeast for another month traveling through Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, etc. But the crazy thing is that due to a multitude of factors that came about including hurricanes in the southeast, etc we decided to reroute the rest of my dates further into California and the southwest, Arizona, etc. All in all, it was a hell of a journey!

 

Internet Hollywood: There is this song you did titled ‘Without You’ that I really like on Reverbnation. It’s definitely one of my favorites. What’s the story behind the song and what inspired you to do it?

 

Newton: Thank you. I’m glad you like it. I don’t usually like to go too deep into my specific meanings or stories behind most of my songs. I like the songs to be kind of open to interpretation and possibly apply to you or your life in different ways whenever you hear it. I will divulge a bit though. I wrote it at a point a year or so ago where I felt like I was losing a lot of people in my life at that time. Whether it was to drug addiction, suicide, love that never seemed like it would get its full opportunity to flourish due to life and circumstances not meeting up, etc. So I guess the song, in the end, is capturing a vibe or essence of longing, melancholy, etc. It’s an emotional potent song.

 

Internet Hollywood: Do you feel music has become a place where art isn’t appreciated like it use to or do you feel things father better than the last 5-10 years?

 

Newton: I think it’s always changing. It depends what you do or don’t do, what limits you put on yourself as an artist and what choices you make. One thing always rings true, that authentic and genuine talent and artistry always gets recognized. On the other hand, the markets for art in all forms is a vastly competitive one. At the end of the day, I make my art and put it out into the universe. A big part of it is luck these days as well.

 

Internet Hollywood: Who are some of the people that you would like to collaborate with coming up or in the mainstream now?

 

Newton: That’s a tough one. Mainstream? I’ve always dreamt of writing or recording with someone like Bjork, Portishead and Banks. I feel like that would be pretty cool. On the other end of the spectrum, I regularly collaborate with fellow artists in the industry. Always good to keep your writing teeth sharp and your eyes and ears clean and open to different perspectives.

 

Internet Hollywood: What are some upcoming projects that you are working on now?

Newton: As soon as I got back from tour and settled back in, I got right back into the studio. I’ve had songs on the back burner from before I left and also wrote some new stuff on the road so I’m excited to put out some new music for people to hear and enjoy. I just released a new single titled ‘Lead Me On’. That’s one of the songs that I wrote while I was on the road. I’m finishing up the other songs and should be releasing it as the ‘Mo{u}rning’ EP this coming week! I just got back from NYC where I performed at the famous Rockwood Music Hall again and got a live recording of the performance which I will also release as soon as possible for everyone! I haven’t missed a beat since I got off the road, I’ve been performing pretty regularly. Some dates coming up are Tuesday, February 13th @ Iconica Social Club in Northampton, MA, Saturday February 17 @ Nick’s in Worcester, March 11th @ the ‘Homeward Vets Music Festival’ ( yearly fundraising event for veterans ) @ World War 2 Club in Northampton, and I’ll be playing the Iron Horse Music Hall w/ Casey Abrams ( Postmodern Jukebox, etc ) March 21st! So yeah, there is a lot going on! I’m also starting to booking spring and summer tour dates, etc!

 

Internet Hollywood: Last question; What are some of your advice for upcoming talent that doesn’t know where to start where their career?

 

Newton: I think the biggest hurdle that most people who want to start sharing their art, etc is taking the first step. I know many great artists that get caught up in self doubt, existential despair, etc which paralyzes them from ever even taking steps and just letting it out into the world. Don’t be afraid. Just take the plunge. I’m can almost guarantee it will pay off, emotionally and hopefully monetarily as well. Once you’ve started, stay diligent and persistent. Try to stay as faithful to your vision as possible and do so fearlessly. Tear yourself open and let it all out. We all connect to those parts of ourselves that we see in others. Dont be afraid of that intimacy.

 

Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview Newton! Keep up the amazing work!

~*~*Thank you for reading*~*~

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