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Trying to classify singer/songwriter Geron Hoy's sound as one specific genre of music is similar to trying to fit a square peg into a round hole — impossible. The Philadelphia-based artist combines elements of funk, folk and alternative into a sound that he describes as "trying to do the best I can." In an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com at The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter offices, Hoy discussed songwriting, social media, his creative process, and having his song "Lady Crow" critiqued at The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter's Pitchathon event, among other topics.
"I kind of started playing [music] later in life," says Hoy. "I had a girlfriend in high school who had cancer, and she was a big fan of Dave Matthews. … He ended up giving her a call and we flew to Missouri and saw him play and he dedicated a song to her. … She passed away a few months after that, and a week later I bought a guitar. I haven't stopped since."
"[It was] absolutely terrifying," says Hoy regarding having "Lady Crow" critiqued by a panel of producers and engineers during the Pitchathon. "[But] it was extremely rewarding and humbling."
In March Hoy independently released Lunatic featuring the single "Breakaway." Hoy made national news in late April when Howard Stern retweeted the album's title track helping promote Hoy's music to 1.1 million Twitter followers. Though Lunatic marks Hoy's sophomore solo release, his creative process is still left a bit to the fates.
"It kind of varies," said Hoy regarding his creative process. "Sometimes it's just a flash and there it is, and I try to get it down as fast as possible. … Sometimes I have to search for it.
"I don't have any set way, I just kind of hope for the best."
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