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A Dirty Dozen with COREY PAVLOSKY – December 2020

| 9 December 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “What’s on the other side of rejection? For punk-pop artist/producer Corey Pavlosky, it sounds like a direct line between self-inflicted gaslighting and processing what happened, musically. In the same way someone might turn on an upbeat song to cheer up a friend, Pavlosky’s latest track could be described as a fun song about being shot down. Set to drop December 11, 2020, “Out Of My Head” brings listeners into the grappling that precedes letting go.” We get Corey to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

“Out Of My Head” was inspired by a bunch of semi-disappointing experiences when wading through the dating pool as a 25 year old guy. Being a super emotional guy but fairly aware of my feelings, I’ve caught myself getting too hyper focused on people who have no business taking up as much real estate in my head. So inevitably when I’m let down, easily might I add, the feelings are a bit blown out of proportion. The whole song is pretty straightforward I feel, but a neat fact that the track was written, produced, mixed & mastered all by myself within a 6 hour window.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I started on concert percussion through the public school system in 5th grade, but really fell in love when I began to play drums for some of the local churches in the area. It never occurred to me that people could play more than one instrument until I met a guy who played drums and piano and immediately thought to myself “Wait, you’re allowed to do that?” So my parents bought me a bass guitar for Christmas in 9th grade & I slowly fell in love with bass, guitar, piano, singing & eventually writing. All of that culminated into learning to produce & record through youtube videos & tutorials. I kind of always figured music would be my “thing” because It was all I was ever passionate about, and one day I just woke up and realized everything I was doing was music-related.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I love The Band CAMINO & The 1975! They’re more recent, within the last 2 years, for me at least! Both bands have a “classic” feel to me that I strive to achieve one day.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

In no particular order: The 1975, The Band CAMINO, The Dangerous Summer, The Story So Far, and All Time Low.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I would LOVE to write a song with Ed Sheeran one day. Everything the guy touches turns to gold & he seems genuinely like a good hang.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I think there’s definitely a “pop-punk” element to my writing that I can’t get away from currently, so sad boy soft rock? I personally would love to develop out of that style into more of a mature sound, however I’m ok with where I’m at currently. I wish I could disagree with the pop-punk comparison, but I’ve learned to just roll with it cause whether I like it or not, they’re right!

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

So, I write, play, produce & mix my own stuff. So I normally don’t have other people around.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

The last time I saw a band I followed religiously was Periphery! I was blown away by the show & couldn’t believe the same guys were on stage right in front of me.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

This is kind of a hard question, because I own a studio ( & work as an audio engineer/producer full-time. So when I’m not writing for other people I’m writing for myself! But if there was no music involved I would probably end up a pastor or something similar. I’m super passionate about people & love hearing how people’s lives are changed by encounters with God.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

What’s a defining moment of your career/life that landed you where you are? I was once sat down by the parents of the girl I was seeing at the time and told that I would never be successful or make any money pursuing music as a career. At the time I had freshly dropped out of college & started working on recording, so my career now was in its infancy. That one conversation pushed me to strive even harder after my dreams and although I have plenty of room to grow, I have found a stable & comfortable income doing what I love! So far,  there hasn’t been any questions that I’ve gotten tired of!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I’m not big on regrets! I feel like every step/decision I’ve made has grown me into who/where I’m at now & I’m grateful for the path God’s taken me on to get there.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Jon Bellion’s Human Condition was one of the records that I would have killed to see made. His process is incredible & awe inspiring and it would’ve been amazing to be in the same room as him and feel the energy & passion he exudes as an artist & producer.

BONUS QUESTION – Due to the current world situation with COVID-19 / quarantine / shelter in place, what have you discovered you miss the most from your life before the pandemic struck?

I miss not having to question if you can shake someone’s hand. I never realized how big I am on handshakes & hugs until now.




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