Even before she was 18, Erin Bowman has known that she wanted to be a singer. So, after making the big decision to move to New York and pursue her dreams, the rising star has released her hit singles “Problem,” “King Boy,” and “Hey Summer.” Cliché talked with her about her yet-to-be-titled upcoming debut EP, her influences, and more.
Cliché: What has the journey been like for you putting together your debut EP?
Erin Bowman: I had a bunch of ideas I had put together just writing on my own, and then I started working with co- writers at the end of 2013. Sometimes, we’d work on ideas I had or come up with brand new ones. I wrote several songs in NYC and I also went out to LA for two weeks and worked with a bunch of different producers and writers, which was a great experience! I had so many songs to choose from and had to narrow it down, which was quite difficult! I finally narrowed it down to six songs, which is a little bit longer than a typical EP, but I couldn’t narrow it down anymore. I’m super excited for people to hear the music!
Who are some of your biggest influences?
My biggest influences would have to be Spice Girls, TLC, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani to name a few! Their looks and shows and all that glitz and glam was so great, but really what it comes to is great music… and that’s something all those acts had. They’re all great entertainers, no doubt about it, but without those great songs, where would they be? I’m influenced by great music.
Where do you find the most inspiration and creativity for your songwriting?
Real life for sure! Everything I write about is stuff that is happening to me or stuff I see happening to others. I think that’s where the best music comes from.
What was it like hearing your first single “Problem” being played on the radio?
Nothing is cooler than hearing your song on the radio! I couldn’t have been more excited! To know that people are hearing your song on the radio is just the coolest!
What was it that ultimately made you decide to get into music and songwriting?
I have loved music my whole life. My parents have great taste in music and I grew up listening to all these different artists. There’s something about music and entertaining that just makes sense to me. I can’t see myself doing anything else. So, fingers crossed, this works out for me. When it comes to songwriting, I [had] never even thought about writing music until I started working with my first producer that asked me to work on some lyrics to a new song he had written. After that, I just kept writing and writing; I started writing melodies and everything. Now I couldn’t even imagine singing songs that didn’t come straight from me. It wouldn’t feel right or real.
What is your ultimate dream or goal for your music career?
I want millions of people to buy my album and love every track on it. Not just one song. I want to be an “albums artist,” as I like to say. “Album artists” stick around; they have longevity. Obviously one hit is better than no hit, but a hit album… that’s my idea of success.
Any future plans?
My new single is called “Besides You” and I can’t wait to put it out and see people’s responses. It’s always a little scary, but also super exciting. I don’t have a release date for the EP yet, but expect it relatively soon! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @erinbowmanmusic to stay informed!
Interview with Erin Bowman “On The Way Up” originally published in Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2014 issue
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