SXSW 2022 – SXSW Music Spotlight: Jerry Paper: Indie Living Room Character Considers Self-Expression Through Personal Change – Music

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Austin Chronicle: Do you think your work is more art than traditional music?

Jerry paper: I think music itself is a very expressive art form. When I intellectualize it, I tend to delay my creative process and that creates obstacles. I try not to think about it too much and leave my music as a place to play and not worry about adapting to a genre. When I was younger, I tended to have an idea and want to make it happen, but as my life progressed, I realized that by doing that, I was putting myself in the way. If I trust myself, I don’t really need to put on any bumpers to guide me.

AC: What cultural aspects do you draw inspiration from?

JP: All aspects of my life influence my music. Expression is naturally a filtering of the world through me. As someone who doesn’t want to be stuck in one mode – all my life I’ve grown and changed – I think my music will inherently grow and change as I see the world differently and have different opportunities. in my life.

THAT : How do you think that translates to more nuanced communities that you’re trying to reach?

JP: Cities are groups of people. One thing I’ve been thinking about lately as I’ve been doing more gigs is that live performances are one of the few ways to connect musically with others. Most of the time I write by myself, and releasing music also makes me feel very alone because I feel like I’m not part of the music when it comes out. When you go to different cities, everywhere is different, and each audience brings different things to the band.

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Thursday, March 17, 11:30 p.m., Patio of the Vegas Hotel

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