Baltimore born, Colorado based singer / songwriter Teddy Weeks has just released his debut full length album 'Satisfy Me' - an direct response to the content fueled world we live in; where importance seems to be placed on quantity over quality.
We had the chance to speak with Teddy on the release and more as part of our Introducing series...
When did you start making music?
"I started playing piano like a lot of kids when I was around 9 or 10. but I didn't start writing music until I was 14."
Where are you from and what’s your favourite thing about it? Do you feel as though your surroundings have inspired your sound in any way?
"I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. but I have lived in Colorado for the last 4 years! Being close to nature and in the mountains has definitely influenced my music a lot! I think it has made me want to make music I could listen to when on a long road trip into nature or outside on a hike or something!"
Who are your biggest inspirations, musically?
"David Byrne of the Talking Heads is one of my greatest influences, and people like bon Iver, Carole king, jorja smith. To me they all share one thing, they make music that is really sonically appealing, but their subject matter and the way they write is just amazing. It inspired me to try and make considerate, well thought out pop music"
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?
"This is such a hard question! But It would be amazing to work with an artist like Stevie Wonder, because not only is he one of the greatest musicians ever. He can make any song his own, his style and lush/interesting chords are stamped all over every song he's made: it's really awesome."
You’ve just released your debut album! How have you found making music over the past year which has been particularly difficult for artists and creatives?
"Yeah I think It has been difficult for creatives of all types. It was difficult for me because sometimes more time with a project is necessarily a good thing. I tend to overwork things and they can lose their glow or funness (if that's a word) so personally for me, It took a herculean effort to stop the album and just say, it is done. even if its not perfect."
Tell us a little about it!
"This album is about a lot of different things! Politics, Cell-phone addiction, death, toxic relationships, and gratification of art. I knew I wanted to try and write about more than romantic love on this record but I couldn't help myself so there are 3 songs about love on this album. 'Hung Up' is one of them. I really wanted to take the sad feelings that I had about being hung up on someone into a happy song because it's okay to be hung up on someone, Almost everyone is at some point. So if you can put a positive spin on it that could make it a little less difficult to deal with."
Do you have a favourite lyric in particular from the release?
"It feels a little silly to pick my favorite line because I wrote them all so I am super biased, but from 'Hung up' I really liked the line "lost in the little bit of light you left behind last time you came through" it just felt like a perfect distillation of the song's concept as a whole, and it fits nicely rhythmically. I think the best writing as a whole though is in 'Satisfy Me' or 'This too shall pass'."
What have you got planned for the rest of 2021 so far?
"Honestly not very much, I am going to see family and friends, and be happy being outside!"
'Satisfy Me' is out now. Listen HERE @tedweeks
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