Here’s something fun that happened. A few weeks before the 2016 election, after a series of sleepless nights, I woke up before dawn with this song in my head.
Up until then, I’d been in a creative drought for years. But the tension of the campaign ended up inspiring me in unexpected ways. For the first time in 8 years, I’d finished a song I felt good about.
So I asked my friend Jeff Campbell—leader of Pine & Battery, Static & Surrender and one of my musical heroes—if he’d produce the track. He went a step further and ended up playing guitar, arranging vocals, and writing the intro and bridge for the song.
Hard to put into words how lucky I feel to have such a supportive friend. Big thanks also to the fantastically talented Gawain Mathews for capturing the Kings of Leon meets Pete Yorn sound I had in my head, and to Rick Munoz who rocked like a thunder god on the drums.
When you download my song “Fight or Flight” at drewpearce.bandcamp.com, 100% of my proceeds will be donated to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency who are helping refugee children and families receive life-saving relief and support.
Thanks for listening and supporting the cause!
Q: How can I get involved in hosting a music party at my place?
A: I love collaborating with other people who want to give songwriters a place to perform. If you have a place that can fit 40-50 people and would like to have me organize, promote and co-host a show at your home, send me an email and let’s talk about possible dates and artists.
Q: Are these music parties open to the public?
A: These are private parties, but you can request an invitation to any show by joining our mailing list or sending an email to RSVP to the show you want to see.
Q: How can I get invitations to these gatherings?
A: Join our mailing list using the form on this page.
Q: Who gets the audience donations?
A: 100% of the donations go to the performers or the charities at our benefit events.
Q: Is this a business? Are you a professional music promoter?
A: This is my hobby.
Q: Why are you doing this?
A: I’m a former performing songwriter who still loves hearing bands play in listening rooms and small venues where the audience is there to hear music, not to be seen in the scene. A lot of listening venues have closed, so my friends and I are doing what we can to create alternative venues.
Q: How can I get booked as a featured performer?
A: If you’re a singer-songwriter who’d like to perform at Inside Lands, introduce yourself in person at our next event. Most shows are singer/songwriters performing in the round. I lean toward San Francisco Bay Area acoustic acts that don’t need a PA. But I love being introduced to new music, especially if you play indie folk, chamber pop, or Americana rock. Check out past performers to get an idea of what I tend to present.