Sometimes I crave the solitude of road trips. I think wandering in the car alone for days down desolate roads just put me in a meditative state. I like the feeling of not knowing where I am, and finding the kind of disconnection that makes me welcome reconnection.
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.
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 invitation-only parties that take place in private homes, backyards, yoga studios, wine tasting rooms and sometimes on the beach. But anyone can request an invitation. Just send me an email and tell me which show you’d like to attend.
Q: How can I get invitations to these gatherings?
A: Just send me an email and let me know which show you’d like to attend. I’ll reply with address and details.
Q: Who gets the audience donations? A: 100% of the donations at the shows and on inside-lands.ticketleap.com go to the performers. One of my main motivations for creating the Inside Lands series was to support the indie musicians I love and try to help them earn a living from their art.
Q: Is this a business? Are you a professional music promoter?
A: No. This is my hobby.
Q: Why are you doing this?
A: Just for fun. I’m a former performing songwriter who still loves hearing bands play in listening rooms and small venues where the audience is there more for the music than the social scene. A lot of those venues have closed, so my friends and I are doing what we can to create alternative venues in living rooms, yoga studios and wine tasting rooms.
Q: How can I get booked as a featured performer?
A: If you’re a singer-songwriter who’d like to perform at a house concert, introduce yourself to me in person at our next event. Booking decisions are shared by the homeowner co-hosts. Most shows are solo singer/songwriters performing in the round, and I lean toward San Francisco Bay Area acoustic acts that don’t need a PA. But I always 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.