When you write music about things personal to you- about everyday life, it is bound to connect with people.
Cole Sitzlar did just that with his debut EP. From showcasing his roots on the highlight-track “My Home” to a past relationship on “Those Days,” Sitzlar provides a snapshot into his life with his debut release.
Check out our interview below to get a taste of Cole’s start in music, the stories behind some songs on his release, and what his plans are for the future!
Justin Loretangeli: Who were some of your biggest musical influences growing up?
Cole Sitzlar: Growing up, I listened to all sorts of music. I love bands like 3 Doors Down, Skynyrd, Steve Miller, John Mellancamp, and The Black Crows, but country always had my heart. Travis Tritt is my all-time favorite singer, and Eric Church is my all-time favorite artist.
JL: Was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to make music for a living?
CS: I always sang growing up. One day when I was a sophomore summer, I decided I was done with sports and I was gonna learn how to play guitar. It all escalated from there.
JL: “My Home” was the first taste that many people got of your music. How rewarding was it for you to have your first single’s subject matter be about something so personal to you?
CS: It was a feeling I will never forget. I am more blessed than I deserve to have so many good folks supporting me.
JL: All of the songs you have released to this point tell stories of your life. How important is it to you to be a storyteller with your music, and do you think this allows fans to connect with you on a deeper level?
CS: I want all my songs to be something that people can connect with. I want it to feel real, because to me, it is real. These are stories of my life or feelings that I have felt before. So yes, I feel like people can connect with that or at least I hope so!
JL: You have opened for Confederate Railroad and Ronnie McDowell. What have those experiences taught you that you try incorporate into your shows?
CS: I was told by all the band members to write; always write songs. That’s the ticket.
JL: Can you describe your music in a few words or a sentence for someone who may not have heard you before?
CS: Different than most songs on the radio today. Somewhere between country and southern rock.
JL: Do you have a favorite song you’ve ever recorded? If so, which song and why is it special to you?
CS: “Those Days” is my Favorite song I have ever recorded. The song is about my first love and heartbreak, but it tells the story in a positive way.
JL: You recently teased on social media that new music will be released soon. Do you have a timeline for when it will be available?
CS: New music is already available on some sites and will be available any day now on the ones it hasn’t made it to!
JL: What is the next step you want to take with your career?
CS: Getting the music video done for my one of my new songs called “Float Trip.” It’s a jam about hopping on a tube, floating down the river, and having way too much fun in the process.
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*Feature image courtesy of Cole Sitzlar Facebook page*