We had the good fortune of connecting with Drew Cole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Drew, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Well, first off, I see risk as an opportunity to make an impact on people. In my music, risk is what separates me from the masses and helps me stand out. Being bold and intentional, both on stage and in songwriting, is a fun way to engage my audience and makes me more memorable. You gotta risk it for the biscuit. Right?
For example, during my time on NBC’s The Voice, I really leaned into more difficult song arrangements with higher range vocals. I had to bring the heat, and it worked out. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton turned their chairs for my rendition of Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” (I picked Adam). In addition, when I song write, I push for fun, specific, and thought provoking concepts. Most of which are built strongly around real life experiences. Without taking these risks, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I am a full-time musician and I play a bunch of gigs around LA and OC. I always do my best to stay present on stage, and the audience recognizes that. Whether I take a unique song request, or deeply commit to creating moments in a song, I see the way the audience responds to that – they love it! I often times step out of my comfort zone while performing, which makes way for unfounded moments and sparks further evolution of my talents. My audience recognizes these risks, and they get fired up. Which flows back into my performance. It’s a wonderful exchange of energy, flowing both ways. I live for the risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself a soul infused pop/rock artist. I started my journey as a guitar player at age 11. My dad is a hobbyist player. So, I picked up his 1995 Fender Stratocaster and refused put it down. This paved the way for me to build confidence in and discover my voice. I was certainly a late bloomer vocally, not singing much until nearly my senior year of high school. I remember locking myself in my room and singing in solitude. I just wasn’t ready to go public with it yet, until I thought it sounded good enough. At first, I was so scared to sing and I feared people wouldn’t like it. Our voices are such intimate instruments, it’s literally inside us.
Ok, so, let’s fast forward to 30 year old me. I’ve certainly developed a confidence in my abilities, and I pride myself on my versatility as a singer and performer. Yes, I’m proud of my time on NBC’s The Voice, but I’m also proud that I don’t give up. I’m proud of the songs I write (especially “Sour Love”). I’m proud of the musical friendships I’ve made and who I’m surrounded by. The journey has not been easy. I moved to LA alone in 2014 after graduating from The University of CT, studying economics. Damn, those were some lonely times at first. I remember driving around the The Valley late at night looking for people smoking cigarettes outside of bars, which means there’s probably a decent hang going on inside. It wasn’t long before I met some amazing people.
The best lesson I’ve learned in my time as a musician or honestly just a person, is BE YOURSELF. Be yourself, fully. Trust in your choices, be honest, and be kind. Abiding by that has landed me some pretty amazing gigs. When you aren’t being true to yourself, I’ve found that people see right through you. So why waste your time, right? I want people to know that when you come to a show or listen to my music. I’m giving you genuinely, myself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ll bypass the obvious answers for this one, we’ve all seen the Hollywood sign! Here is a day in the life:
First off, let’s get some breakfast. Millie’s on sunset is my go-to. Love the fellas over there.
You down to walk around the Silverlake reservoir? Yup.
Maybe we can also check out Echo Park Lake. They have these tacky swan paddle-boats, but we won’t wear the life-jackets, don’t worry.
Man, I’m hungry again, Let’s grab lunch at Silverlake Ramen, I don’t care if its 97 degrees outside, I’ll smash a bowl of ramen and a draft Asahi anytime. Gyoza? Cali Roll? We’ll take it all please.
Takes a lime scooter home for a short siesta, pointing out a couple other apartments I’ve lived in and an Erewhon that i refuse to shop in on the way.
Have you ever been to the Hotel Cafe? John Mayer is sitting in with David Ryan Harris tonight, YES.
But Before that let’s grab some happy hour at the Thirsty Crow then head over for the Impossible Burger at LowBoy in Echo Park, it’s better than Monty’s, trust.
That was such an inspiring show want to song-write? Writes a hit song.
Head then hits pillow.
BTW, this is a true story.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give the love to my family on this one. My dad, Chris, My Mom, Caroline, and my Sister, Ali. My parents gave me all the support in the world when I started playing music. They always encouraged me to keep going, no matter what, and it hasn’t stopped. Whether my dad would help me purchase a guitar or be my “dad roadie” growing up, the support was unrelenting. It’s hard to put into words how continually grateful I am for their support. I always share songs I write with my sister, she is my biggest fan. It makes my heart so full. I would be nowhere without them. I dedicate this shoutout to my family.
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NBC’s The Voice, Andrew Ameter, Brendan Lynch