Casey Gibson is a talented classically trained pianist, from Chicago, U.S.A. At age 32, he is already a Cannes Gold Lion-winning commercial composer and songwriter. Many advertising campaigns have been harmonized through his compositions, including projects for: Dodge, Coca-Cola, Twitter, Pizza Hut, Post-it, Skechers, etc. His music makes people travel from one place to another, and it is a marvelous experience for anyone who wants to have a relaxing time. You can join this feeling by finding him on Spotify, where he shares two of his solo albums, his most recent is Pollyanna.
In this exclusive interview for the FAv MAg you will be able to connect with the artist, so that,you can discover the story behind the musical notes.
1. How and when did you start playing the piano?
I started playing piano when I was 5 years old. I grew up in an apartment building in Chicago and I could always hear our next-door neighbor playing piano while I was waiting for the elevator with my parents, so I kept asking them when I could start playing, starting at age 3. Finally I began piano lessons at 5, and studied classical piano all the way through university,
after which I became a full-time musician.
2. What is the meaning of the album’s name, “Pollyanna”?
‘Pollyanna’ means ‘a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything.’ I’m not sure it’s necessarily a good thing—I’ve been accused of being a pollyanna who has a hard time tempering expectations. I had the title for the album before I started composing the music, and wanted to make a record that conveys the highs and lows of
being a (blindly) optimistic person.
3. Where do you get your inspiration from? Would you describe your creative process?
Inspiration comes from all over, but I would say mostly it comes from relationships with people close to me and my relationship with myself. Someone once asked the question, “do you write better songs when you’re happy or sad?” and I think for me it is definitely when I’m happy. My creative process is also always changing. Sometimes an idea for a rhythm or melody pops into my head when I’m walking around my neighborhood, and I record myself singing it into my phone to finish later. Sometimes I sit down at the piano with nothing in my head at all, and just let my fingers do whatever they want to do–and whatever comes out usually makes me think of a place, or an interaction I had, or a feeling I felt. Then I chase that and try to keep exploring how else I can express that feeling.
4. One of the soundtrack in your album is “Green Thumb”.
How did it come out?”Green Thumb” was a feeling before it was a melody or chords. My fiancee and I have these little plants that hang on the wall in our bedroom, and at one point they looked pretty dead, like they almost could be thrown away. But she started nursing them back to health, watering them every night and opening the window during the day so they could breathe, and in a few weeks they sprung back to life. It made me really think about and appreciate how nurturing she is, how she cares so much about even the smallest living things. So that piece is what I wrote when I thought about her caring for those two little plants.
5. What feeling do you expect people to perceive while listening to your music?
Instrumental music can be whatever the listener wants to take from it. I composed everything with specific feelings in mind, but it’s ok if you take something completely different from it.
6. Which is the most memorable production that you have made?
Everything I’ve made has something sentimental behind it, but I think “Brimming” was the piece I was most excited about making from a production standpoint. I recorded 13 different piano parts, one at a time, so it sounds like 13 people playing one piano. It was a fun piece to create. You can follow Casey on his Instagram: cgpianomusic And you can also visit his web page: casey-gibson.com
Interview by: Amparo Cribas
Photography: Elli Lauren