I’m sure we can all agree that it’s great to have Summer in our midst (though writing this outside on a 60 degree day leaves something to be desired… smh.) And wouldn’t you know, budding Pop Princess Erin Bowman has written a danceable sing-a-long to help us bring in the times! I’ll second her sentiments by stealing her lyrics… “Hey Summer, I’ve been missing you.”
Anywho, the 23 year old New Jersey native will be making a trip to the fine city of Syracuse as part of 93Q’s Summer Jam taking place at Paper Mill Island on June 22nd, and I’m certain it’ll be every Syracuse Pop fan’s raison d’etre of the weekend.
I caught up with Erin via email before the show to talk about when she got started in the music biz, a few of her influences (we share a common interest in TLC’s “Waterfalls” because that track is a jam), and what the fans should expect to see when she takes the stage in Baldswinsville.
G- Hi Erin and thank you very much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five today! How is everything going with you lately and what’s up?
E- Thanks for interviewing me!! I am so excited Summer is right around the corner!! I’ve been doing really well. “Hey Summer” is playing on several stations and I’m setting up several summer performances including 93Q’s Summer Jam, which I’m super excited about!!!!
G- How long have you been active in the music scene and when did you first get started? Do you remember the moment that you really felt like giving this crazy business a go?
E- I’ve been singing forever and, as I kid, I always thought I wanted to be a pop singer. It was high school when I really knew and decided that I would pursue a music career once I graduated. It’s weird to choose a career in music because there really isn’t a path to take; Everyone does it differently. Once I started going into NYC and really pursuing music I realized it wasn’t going to be easy. But I also knew if it was easy, everyone would do it!
G- You are coming to Upstate NY to support your latest single, “Hey Summer,” and hopefully you’ll be bringing some sunshine with you because we need it. Tell us a bit about putting together the track (which you produced yourself) and the video for the song!
E- Haha! Yes, I’m hoping for nice weather this weekend! I had the chorus idea for “Hey Summer,” and brought it into a writing session with a co-writer. We worked on the rest of the song together. I just love Summer so much, and I know I’m not the only one; I love giving people music that’s relatable. Everyone can relate to great past summers and looking forward to the ones ahead! I was so excited to film the “Hey Summer” music video. It’s just so quirky! A girl on a couch in the middle of a field!! J I hope people enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it!
G- Where did you record it, who was behind the boards this time around, and how long did the release take to record and get ready for release?
E- I recorded “Hey Summer” in NYC with an up and coming producer! And had the same people mix and master it who did my previous single “King Boy.” The song was written and recorded probably around December 2013 and was released around April 1st! It takes a few months to get everything figured out and get the artwork, lyric video, and all that ready!
G- Are there any bands or artists that you hope to share a bill with in the future? If you could put together your own lineup, say 3 artists, to play a show or go on tour with, who would you pick?
E- Ah such a good/fun question!! Love this! I would say Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry! I think all those girls are fantastic!!!!
G- 4 albums every fan of you should know about and why. Go!
E- “Spice” by Spice Girls (1996)
Such a great album!!! Growing up in the 90’s the Spice Girls are one of my biggest influences! I love them and I love their music. Some of the best tracks include “Wannabe,” “Say You’ll Be There.” “Mama,” “Who Do You Think You Are,” and “2 Become 1.” But really, the whole album is good!
“Third Eye Blind” by Third Eye Blind (1997)
Third Eye Blind is one of my favorite bands! They have a few of my favorite songs! My favorite tracks off this album are “Jumper,” “How’s It Going To Be,” and “Semi-Charmed Life.”
“Love. Angel. Music. Baby” by Gwen Stefani (2004)
I think Gwen Stefani is just the coolest and her solo albums are fantastic!! (I’m also a No Doubt fan) “Cool” is one of my favorite songs ever! Other good songs from this album include “Hollaback Girl,” “Rich Girl,” “What You Waiting For,” and “The Real Thing.”
“The Dutchess” by Fergie (2006)
I am such a Fergie fan!! I loved her in Black Eyed Peas and I LOVE her as a solo artist! Some of my favorite tracks include “Big Girl’s Don’t Cry,” “Glamorous,” and “Fergalicious.”
G- Do you have a favorite song you have ever written or one that is most fun to perform? If you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard of you before, to try and make a new fan, what song would you give them and why?
E- I have a new song that will be on my first ever EP (haven’t set a release date yet) that is probably one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. The song’s title is “This One’s For You.” I don’t want to say too much about it since it’s not out yet but I’m very excited about it! It’s got an R&B kinda feel and I just think the song is so “me.”
G- What is the craziest or most memorable show that you have played to date, or the one that means the most to you as an artist? Where was it and what was it like?
E- I performed at “Krave” in Las Vegas a little after I released my first single “Problem.” It was AMAZING!! The crowd was so excited and the place was packed. It was my first time in Vegas and it was just such a good time!
G- Lastly, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
E- Keep trying. If you’re really passionate about it don’t give up. There are going to be a million no’s before one yes. There will be people who hate your music but it doesn’t matter because there might be more who like it. Keep going, because something’s gotta give eventually.