Drew Tabor Talks About Covers and Inspiration!
Drew Tabor is a musical artist known not just for putting her own take on popular songs, but also gorgeous original melodies. She is adored worldwide by her "Drewbies" and inspired many to make their own music.
We spoke with Drew recently about the music that inspires her and how she came to be the success she is today!
Drew didn't become very interested in music until she became 16.
"My parents are huge music fans so it was always an important part of my life but never something that I considered taking too seriously," Drew said.
When she started recording videos of her singing and sharing them with the world, she discovered her love for music.
"Since then I've been completely obsessed," she said.
Drew took guitar lessons when she was young, but became more interested around the same time she started to get into singing. She also saw the instrument as something necessary to the music she wanted to create.
"I wanted to be able to accompany myself and play my own music," Drew explained.
She's also an accomplished songwriter, crafting most songs to the rhythm of an acoustic guitar or a ukulele.
"I'm constantly getting inspired and writing new material," Drew said. "I always think of song ideas in the most random places so I usually end up trying to discretely sing into the voice memos on my phone."
Based on the idea she's developed, Drew then plays the guitar to create a melody for the song.
"I kind of go back and forth between working on the melody and lyrics until I come up with something I feel good about," Drew said. "If I find myself struggling or trying to force out lyrics I always take a break. The song always turns out to be much better when it comes naturally."
She's also well-known for her covers, and the way they take songs and flip them on their heads. Her acoustic cover of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" has more than 4.5 million views.
"I tend to choose songs are are relatively current and popular," Drew said. "I think a lot of people sort of look down on that as if it's only about getting views but to me it's about choosing songs that people are going to be searching and putting a unique spin on them."
In fact, Drew tries not to concern herself with the sound of the original song. She does what she can to make it absolutely her own.
"I just like to do my own interpretations and incorporate my own style," she said. "I especially love taking songs with big beats or large productions and doing stripped down, acoustic versions."
Drew has more than 140 thousand subscribers, and even has a fan name of her own: "drewbies."
Drew realized that a lot of other singers had names for their fans and subscribers, and that they should have on as well.
She took to Twitter and asked her followers what they wanted to be called.
"'Drewbies' seemed to be a pretty popular answer," Drew said. "I thought it sounded kind of cute so we just went with it. The whole concept is a little weird to me but it's also cool to feel like we're all connected."
Drew lists Adele, Lana Del Rey and Norah Jones among her biggest musical inspirations.
"I really admire unique, creative female artists but I can also draw inspiration from many other types of music," she said.
For example, Drew is a big fan of classic jazz music, including Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. She also admires singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor.
"I even find myself getting inspired by a lot of rap and hip hop," Drew said. "I guess I'm mainly inspired by anyone who creates something interesting and meaningful."
Drew's dream collaboration would be Ed Sheeran or John Mayer.
Many young artists aspire to do what Drew has, and she thinks with the right amount of hard work and determination, others can reach their musical goals.
"In my mind, one of the most important things is to be self-sufficient," she said. "I think it's important not to put the fate of your success in someone else's hands, especially when trying to break into such a complicated industry."
She suggested that singers take advantage of social media and interact with their fans to build a loyal fan base. It's also important to create something for yourself, writing your own songs and playing an instrument, and get music out there by playing in the real world.
"Do as much as you can on your own," Drew said. "It's also important to stay inspired and focused. It can be a very discouraging career path with a lot of ups and downs but if it's something you really want you need to push through the hard times."
In just a couple of weeks, Drew will be starting an independent artist program at a music school in Hollywood. She hopes to record more original songs and release a new EP or album soon.
"Being able to write my own music is something that's very important to me so I'd like to focus more on that as opposed to just covers," she said. "I'm not exactly sure how everything will play out but I'm excited for what's to come."
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