words + photos by Joe Cortez
Buzzed-about singer-songwriter Cody Lovaas has been making waves since emerging into the scene just a few short years ago. Although still in his teens, Lovaas has an assured confidence about him that permeates his music. I had the chance to catch Cody perform live at The Hurley HQ Studios this past Friday and was thrilled to find a young talent brimming with soul and passion. I chatted with a Cody via email upon the release of his video for the track "Bodies" to discuss his secret origins and get a better insight into this emerging artist's unique talents.
Joe Cortez: So Cody, you’ve been making music for a couple years now, can you tell us how you got started? What sparked your interest in songwriting?
Cody Lovaas: I started playing guitar when I was seven. At first, I hated it... I had a mean teacher, it hurt my fingers and I wasn't playing anything I enjoyed to listen to. I asked my mom if I could quit, and she replied saying I'd have to fire my teacher. As a seven year old, I didn't feel very comfortable with that so I asked if I could just get a new guitar teacher. With my new teacher, I played songs I loved and saw his passion for music... I guess I took a bit of his passion and grew more love for music than I ever expected. Once I started to sing, writing songs was just something I thought you had to do. Once I wrote my first song, I was hooked forever.
JC: I read that you were born in Dallas but moved to Carlsbad at an early age. How do you think the shift in locale to Southern California influenced your sound and taste?
CL: My mom being Norwegian, and my dad a Texan, I kind of paved my own way starting to surf and find my love for the ocean. Moving to San Diego completely influenced my sound because my songwriting is always inspired by what I'm doing, etc.
JC: What do you find yourself listening to and drawing inspiration from most at the moment?
CL: I try to listen to all kinds of artists and genres. If I had to name a few, my main inspirations right now are Anderson Paak, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Mac Miller, NomBe, Jimi Hendrix, The Weekend, etc.
JC: You’ve just released the video for the track “Bodies.” The clip is quite striking, can you tell us a bit about how the video came together?
CL: The "Bodies" video really did turn into art... this was such a fun video to shoot because of the environment we were in and because of all the people who were involved. It's always incredible when the final product is as good as you thought it would be, but this video exceeded my expectations and I couldn't be more excited about it.
JC: What’s next for you? Any upcoming appearances you’d like our readers to know about?
CL: So excited about the new songs I've been writing and recording. There will definitely be a lot more music this year and touring will be coming soon as well. Also, stay on the look out for our Remix of "Bodies"!