We had the good fortune of connecting with Casey Sabol and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Casey, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I find that having experiences outside of music is what keeps me inspired to create music. My life experiences, aspirations, intellectual revelations, and curiosities are what give birth to my desire to express myself through art. Having this knowledge of myself gives me the incredible advantage of avoiding the proverbial “writer’s block”, because I never seek artistic inspiration for its own sake. When I decide that an idea is important enough to be entertained within the realm of art, I’m lucky enough to have had experiences I can use as the vehicle for that idea. My perspective as an artist is that there needn’t be a dichotomy between work and life, but rather a symbiosis…so the more wisdom I gain over time, the more I try to respect that.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I only open my mouth when I feel that there’s a discussion needing to be had on a cultural level…that isn’t yet. If I thought the world was a perfect utopia, or even ever *could* be, I don’t know that I’d have any reason to make music. My art is almost always about ideas I believe to be important, but that aren’t getting the attention I wish they were.
When I make my music I allow it to be realized as unbridled and untamed as possible (compositionally and lyrically), because I believe that it’s *that* version of myself which best communicates the ideas put forth in the lyrics. After all, I believe the messages are unique, and therefore I must revel in the most unique aspects of my nature in order to feel worthy of the artistry. That’s the easiest part for me, but learning how to get there took years of trying to overcome insecurities. Once I began to use my fear as a compass pointing me towards worthy challenges, I was finally given opportunities to prove myself *to* myself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Regrettably I’m too new to Nashville to have very well informed answers to this question, but given that I do have close friends visiting over the next month I’ll use this as an opportunity to make a plan for their visits!
I’m one of those types who typically only has close friends who also do music professionally, so given that I have a recording studio in my house I know we’ll spend plenty of time making music. We’ll certainly have to hit up my favorite bar in town, Red Door (in Midtown) a couple nights, and we’d definitely explore some hiking opportunities. I love that I finally live in a heavily forested area, and I’m told there are several beautiful hikes to be had. I’m really eager to check those out.
And of course, you can’t forget the amazing food Nashville has to offer. The fried chicken here is consistently amazing, whether you go somewhere famous or some random hole-in-the-wall you’re guaranteed to consume some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever have in your life.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Aside from my parents who, since I first displayed an interest in music have been endlessly supportive, I have to shoutout a few men I’m honored to consider close friends. Brandon Paddock firstly. I’d honestly say that about 75% of what I know about mixing I learned from Brandon because he was so generous toward me with his free time during the first few years I moved to LA. We became close friends, still are to this day, and he’s fast on his way to the top of the industry as a producer, writer, and mixer. Secondly, Nick Morzov. Nick, like Brandon, has always been there for me on my musical journey and is one of my closest friends. He’s a brilliantly creative engineer and musician whose skill-set and kindness are unrivaled. Thirdly, John Feldmann. John is an enormously successful producer, mixer, writer, artist, you name it. He allowed me to intern at his studio in Bel Air when I first moved to LA, and if it weren’t for that I doubt I’d have been able to find the network of incredible people that I did. Last but not least, Jay Denton. Jay has been my writing partner for years, and as an amazing artist, writer and producer himself he’s always pushing me to destroy the boundaries I needlessly construct for myself. He’s always the first person to make me realize that my insecurities are illusory.
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