Indie-pop artist Logan Thomas is interviewed about how he was influenced to become a musician, his creative process, getting a record deal, and much more.
Like much of my generation, video games introduced me to a world of music that I otherwise may not have discovered. I became obsessed with the guitar stylings of Van Halen, Metallica, and other rock artists whose music was featured in video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. I eventually realized that instead of pretending to play music in a game, I could try to do it in real life. I was probably around 12 years old at the time, and getting my first guitar was the beginning of what would become a lifelong passion for music.
Although I’ve played all kinds of differing styles of music over the years, I’ve settled into the role of singer-songwriter, creating what I would describe as indie pop music. My number one influence would definitely be John Mayer. His flawless guitar playing, sensible songwriting, and catchy melodies represent everything I value in music. I also draw inspiration from artists like Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz… the list is endless! Any artist who creates widely acclaimed music based on universal human experiences is someone I can be inspired by.
After writing that song, I realized that my calling as an artist is to make music for people who are struggling to give them hope for the future
Creativity can be very fleeting, and even after more than a decade of making music, the process still eludes me. I’ve learned, however, that showing up daily and doing the work is the best way to have a chance at writing something truly great. I try to write something every day, even if it’s just a chorus or a catchy melody. Every once in a while, an idea will grip me and it feels like the song writes itself after that. As for where the ideas come from, it’s hard to say. I think that after years of listening to music, you develop a subconscious sense of what sounds good to you, and all of the creativity you’ve absorbed comes together in unique combinations that manifest as new song ideas.
My personal favorite original song changes daily, so it’s hard to pick just one. If I had to pick one that has had the most impact on my artistry, I would have to choose my song “One More Chapter”. I wrote it as a message of hope for a family member who was struggling with depression. After writing that song, I realized that my calling as an artist is to make music for people who are struggling to give them hope for the future. As someone who struggles with mental health, I want to be a role model for anyone going through something difficult to assure them that things can always get better.
I grew up in the Savannah area, so I’ve been playing in bands around here since middle school. My first band was called Pariah. We were a pop punk band, and the relationships I formed with my bandmates and fellow musicians solidified in my mind how powerful music can be for bringing people together. I dabbled in a little bit of everything, from heavy metal to worship music to indie rock. I eventually realized that songwriting was my true passion, and decided to start performing solo so that I could take full control of my creative ideas.
The pandemic has completely upended my life, and it has been an incredibly difficult time for me and most other musicians. In January of 2020, I had just signed a record deal, I had my most lucrative month as a performer in December due to to the busy holiday season, and I was considering moving to Los Angeles to advance my career. When COVID-19 hit, everything changed. My fully booked summer of shows was cancelled overnight, and while I was able to get by for a few months, I eventually had to put music on hold so that I could take care of myself. It was honestly quite a dark time, but luckily I am doing much better now and I’m excited to get back into the swing of things in 2021.
If I had to give one message to my fans, it would be a phrase they’re already familiar with from my music: there’s always one more chapter. That’s the chorus from my song “One More Chapter”, and I think it sums up everything I stand for as an artist. It means that no matter what you’re going through, this is not the end. Better days are coming and nothing lasts forever.
Our musicians rival those of established players in big cities like Atlanta or Nashville
My favorite local venue would have to be Fia Rua Irish Pub in Richmond Hill. I grew up in Richmond Hill, so it feels like home. The staff and owners are all amazing, the food is fantastic, and the crowd is always lively and energetic. I have an awesome time performing there every time I do, which is about once per month.
The Savannah music scene seems to have weathered the pandemic better than other places, which I am incredibly grateful for. There is such a diverse range of musicians in this town, and that makes it truly unique. From blues to punk to classic rock, there is something in this town for everyone, and our musicians rival those of established players in big cities like Atlanta or Nashville. I’m so proud to be a Savannah musician.
The next thing for me is releasing music video for my most recent single called “Too Young”. It’s coming out on February 5th, so it will likely be released by the time you read this. Aside from that, I plan on rebuilding the momentum I had before the pandemic and releasing new music throughout 2021. I think I speak for everyone when I say 2020 was rough, but I believe that the difficulties we endured will lead to a creative renaissance in the coming years, and I’m excited to be a part it.