Christian Lopez needed to refocus. So he went home.
“I’m the type to put a lot of pressure on myself, and it’s more and more difficult to express [myself] with that in the background … “Lopez told The Boot.” West Virginia always brings me back: the trees, the dirt, the smell of a damp, grassy morning with smoke in the distance. “
However, Lopez didn’t just go back to West Virginia – he went to his grandmother’s land, in Minnora, WV, and went camping.
“I found myself trying to reconnect with that quirky feeling of wonder and joy I had as a kid…” Lopez said. “I needed to let go and focus on creating music from a place that satisfied me to the end … Anyway, I needed a reset.”
As Lopez sings in his new song, “The Other Side” – a calming acoustic track created exclusively on The Boot – he “went into the woods and came out the other side.” He found that reboot, not only with this song but with his whole new upcoming album, also called The other side.
Lopez recorded The other side in Tornillo, the famous Sonic Ranch of Texas. Robert Adam Stevenson produced the project, and with the exception of drums, to which Carl Thomson contributed, Lopez plays every piece of instrumentation across the 12 tracks on the new record.
The son of a music teacher, Lopez has been playing piano and guitar since the age of five. project “is the product of the force I had to move away from everything I knew … [and] start over on your own. “
“If I want my music to last in the world, I have to stay as authentic as possible, and that means not compromising or being locked in,” Lopez muses. “That also applies to just being human. Wherever it takes me I’m sure this will be where I was meant to be, both musically and mentally.”
The other side, Lopez’s third album, is due out on Friday (October 8). Fans can follow Lopez on ChristianLopez.com.
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