WHAT IS A “HEARTBREAK DREAM”? “When Betty and I were writing the song, I remember describing this scenario to her where every relationship you have in your life is kind of like a house, and when you start a new relationship, you’re totally caught up in building the house and painting it and filling it up with furniture and experiences. Then, when you end that relationship, you leave that house and it gets boarded up, and it’s easy sometimes to wander back to it with that person and go back inside and poke around, remembering what it felt like to be in that moment, and you kind of simultaneously have to…realize that there was a reason why you moved on from this, there was a reason why you chose to end this, and you need to remember that. It’s a bittersweet feeling, and I think that’s a sentiment that Betty captures in a lot of her music. And we try to wrap it up in really pretty sounds.” ABOUT THE NEW EP: “We have a few new collaborators. It’s an extension of The Movement in terms of the sonic quality. We’ve had these songs percolating for a while. Ghost
Betty and I are so proud of that song, and we’re so happy that it’s out in the world Beach did a song with us called “Loving Start.” HIS INFLUENCES: “I grew up on great pop songwriters like James Taylor and Prince. My whole frame of reference is based around trying to write catchy songs that resonate with people, so at the core of it, that’s what I’m aiming for.” WHEN PETER MET BETTY: “Betty was always the most magnetic, funniest, warmest person in the room [at Berklee]. So we got to know each other and our respective friend groups hung out. And then she was in my apartment one night playing music with another friend of mine. At one point I heard her singing with an acoustic guitar. I poked my head around the corner and had these immediate gut reactions. The first one was: Oh my God, this girl can 61
write, she can sing, she can play. This is amazing. And my second reaction was: You’re one of the loudest, funniest, most energetic people I know. Why are you only writing these quiet songs on an acoustic guitar?” ON “SOMEBODY LOVES YOU” GOING VIRAL: “I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have people excited about a song that I wrote in a basement with my best friend two years ago. It’s so cool to see everything that’s happened.” ON WRITING WITH BETTY: “It’s like having a musical sibling. I also once heard her describe our collaboration as being telepathic too. The reason why I love working with Betty is because it’s me and my closest friend working on something that makes us really excited.” April 2014 - BELLO
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