From Performing in A James Bay Video to Singing With Meghan Trainor, Newcomer ADDISON SCOTT Is No Stranger To The Music Scene!
Posted On 25 Mar 2016
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Addison Scott was born and raised in Long Island, New York. In his teens, he discovered his love for melody and transitioned into guitar. At the age of 17 Addison discovered his greatest gift, his voice.
He quickly catapulted as a solo artist and landed a three month tour opening for American Idol finalist, Josiah Leming, where he performed a set of songs under the name One Love that he wrote and co-produced. The tour was 72 shows in total; six days on and one day off. His tour trained him for what is to come and also created opportunities for him to open for the All American Rejects, and Boys Like Girls.
Tapping into a source deep within his soul and writing songs that stimulate the imagination are Addison’s forte. His anthemic voice cuts through a crowd and latches onto the hearts of his loyal fans regardless of age, culture, sexuality and denomination.
On his debut single, “I Came Alive,” Addison declares, “I hope this song does to everyone what it has to done for me….It woke me up!”
Learn more about Addison in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! So, how’s 2016 treating you so far? What were some of the highlights of 2015 for you?
Thank you for your time! 2016 is feeling pretty damn good. 2015 was the year I found my voice, single, music video, and a team that I can call family.
Growing up, did you always know that you wanted to be a musician? Can you remember your first musical memory?
I have always wanted to be a musician. I grew up playing drums in Long Island, New York. My grandfather played trumpet in the Glenn Miller Orchestra, I would always hear him playing which always inspired me. My father was also a drummer, he is a big Beatles fan and we used to to Beatlefest every year in New Jersey. I think being around music at an early age definitely made me fall in love with it in every aspect. I decided to try singing when I was 17 years old. I wasn’t very good, but kept going at it until people didn’t tell me I sucked anymore. (Laughter)
I understand that Jeff Buckley is one of your main musical inspirations. Can you talk about why exactly him and his music have influenced you and your sound?
Yes! Jeff Buckley has one of those voices that just come out. I used to watch videos of him singing every night to learn how to sing. His songs were about everyday problems and events that he went through. That plus the way he made his guitar sing really inspired me as a singer songwriter.
Who are some of your other favorite artists? Who would you love to work with in the future?
One of my favorite artists is Freddie Mercury of Queen. His energy and fearlessness of being himself was so beautiful. I also grew up in the pop punk world, which is really interesting because I hear that influence in my music now. I would love to work with any like-minded people trying to capture art. I have been working with Nuno Bettencourt from the band Extreme which has been such an honor. Such a talented guy, he’s kind of taken me under his wing. I would love to write with my friend Meghan Trainor again sometime in the near future. Ryan Tedder is another writer that inspired me growing up, I feel like him and I could create something really amazing together.
Your debut single is “I Came Alive.” Can you talk about how this song first came together?
Well, I was going through a rough time. I couldn’t quite find “my sound” out here in la la land. I went into a session with one of my writing partners Gennessee Lewis trying to write for a commercial, not for me. I came alive came out. Gennessee really has a gift of knowing where we need to go. We truly work off of vibes and feeling more so then mathematical songwriting. I believe I needed that song. Sometimes, God is in the room and it’s bigger then you.
Can you tease the track’s music video? What was it like shooting the video? How creatively involved were you with it?
It was my first time shooting a real music video. It was pretty crazy. I have always wanted a hippie wonderland, I finally have one now. I was definitely hands on with my director and producer Tom Casey and Stephen Amstutz. They were very good at making my vision come to life and adding to it as well.
How did you get involved with the James Bay video?
I was casted to play a small role. It was a lot of fun! I got to sing a little and act a little. They also let me rock a pretty ridiculous mustache! (Laughter) Patrick Lawerence is a good friend of mine, and he directed the short film. To be involved in a project with James Bay has been an honor. I love his album. He is the real deal.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
Be whatever you want. As long as you are being a good person and true to yourself. Shine. Never give up. I used to be 210 lbs and told I’d never be a singer. I want people to get inspired to go after their dreams. We can all truly be whatever we want, with hard work and belief it can really pay off in a big way. This is the first time I have started hearing my song on the radio! Which is so so exciting. Most importantly, I hope listeners have a smile on there face when they get done listening to my music.