Clinton Zehr is a 20-year-old singer/ songwriter born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, but based in Nashville, TN. Zehr has always had a passionate interest in music, but it wasn’t until middle school when he started playing the guitar and finding his voice. After years of practicing and figuring out what his style was, Zehr found that he excelled in the contemporary, pop, and EDM genres. He also found a love for producing music and what he could do to elevate his sound, making him stand apart from other artists. This desire led him to move to Nashville where he could do just that. It was here where his visions and ideas came to life, giving him the opportunity to show off his talents, to work with producers, and to intensify the songs he has created that are filled with unique and heartfelt lyrics. Zehr is constantly working to perfect his craft and to put out music that identifies his style and who he is.
“Interview with Clinton Zehr”
1. When did you realize that you wanted to become a musician? Was there ever a plan B?
There wasn’t a defining moment when I realized I wanted to pursue music. I always loved music but I constantly have moments that make me remember music is what I’m supposed to be doing. I don’t believe in a plan B. I don’t want something that I can fall back on. I think that would make me slack off. I like the pressure that only a plan A brings.
2.What does music mean to you?
Music means being true to myself. It gives me freedom to express myself without fear of what people think. When I’m writing music it shuts out all ideas but my own. I don’t worry about what people think about me, I only know how I feel in that moment and that allows me to write songs that are real to me.
3.Who is one of your biggest inspirations?
Tove Lo has been a huge inspiration for me. I fell in love with her when I first started listening to her album ‘Queen of the Clouds’ and was incredibly inspired when I learned more about her career. She started out as a songwriter and transitioned into an artist, which is one of my goals. Her music is so raw and honest with brilliant lyrics without losing the elements of pop music that I love. Her melodies and catchy production are on point with where pop music is going.
4. What’s your favorite thing about music?
My favorite thing about music is the chance to share myself with people. Music holds a unique opportunity to express my feelings and thoughts. I hope that people will listen to my work and be able to get to know me in a three-minute song. That’s so cool.
5. What’s the most fulfilling thing about being an artist? The most fulfilling thing about being an artist is taking a song from an idea to a mastered track. There are so many turns that a song can take and it’s all up to me. And it gives me such a sense of pride in my music having the control to do whatever I want.
6. In both the bad and good parts of your musical journey, what is something that you’ve learned the most?
Through my musical journey I think I’ve learned that there’s no perfect way. I use to see someone gain success and think, “I need to do what they’re doing!” But I realize there are so many different paths and trying to copy someone else’s journey will only hurt your own.
7. What makes your sound stand apart from others? What’s your unique flare?
I try to focus on my lyrics having depth. A lot of pop music has been oversaturated with shallow lyrics about the dance floor. While those songs have their place I want people to relate to my music. I try to mix my production with UK dance beats, 80’s synths and electronic elements.
8. What advice would you give to someone who is an aspiring musician?
The advice I would give an aspiring musician is not to compare yourself to other artists. It’s so easy to get down on yourself when you look at other success against yours and it can make you want to give up. A great quote that really helped me in this area is “Don’t be afraid of growing slowly, only be afraid of standing still”
9. Fun fact about yourself?
I love taco bell. I feel like everyone hates on them constantly, but their mini quesadillas and a baja blast are my go to hangover cure.
10. What are your future plans and where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I hope to have some sort of record or publishing deal. Something that is helping me live off of music while I’m working on my next album or EP. Traveling is a huge dream. I’m inspired by my surroundings so if I can be in Stockholm one week and NYC the next I will really feel like I’ve made it.