December 22, 2020

Meet December's Artist Discovery: Jeremiah Fraites

Credit: Danny Clinch

Introduction

Meet Jeremiah Fraites, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and co-founder of the GRAMMY-nominated platinum selling band The Lumineers. His debut solo album, Piano Piano, a piano-centric instrumental record well over a decade in the making, is our Artist Discovery pick for December 2020, a year marked by incredible stress for so many people around the world. Piano Piano‘s tracks are instantly calming and beautifully transporting; with each song, Fraites captures intimate and reflective moments from his former home in Denver.

We asked him a few questions to get to know him better – keep reading to learn about his musical influences, favorite music, tour necessities, and more!

Q & A

What was the first album you ever owned on vinyl?

Coldplay – Parachutes

What have you been listening to lately?

J Roddy Walston, Coez, Andrea Laszlo De Simone

Where is your favorite place in the world and why?

Tokyo, Japan because it’s crazy! I don’t know how else to describe it other than it’s surreal and beautiful and so different from New Jersey where I grew up. I love Japan, so much in fact I named a song I wrote called ‘Tokyo.’

What is the best live show you’ve seen, and why was it the best?

Easy. Rage Against the Machine in NYC. It was single handedly the greatest live musical experience of my entire life. They just didn’t perform, they caused an earthquake into my soul playing those instruments. It was incredible. I was in the front row getting smashed into the metal gate and I loved every second of it.

What are some things you have to have on the road with you?

My suspenders and my Borsalino hat. I wouldn’t feel myself without them. Also, my laptop to play computer games after the shows!

What is the craziest thing that’s happened to you on the road?

Meeting my wife? Yes, meeting my wife and realising how that was a one in a billion chance encounter.

Who or what influences your music?

Simple ideas influence my music. Minimalism. Also, sincerity. You can tell when a musical idea, whether a singer or an instrumental idea, has that sincerity inside of it.

What album do you play on repeat, and what do you love about it?

Coldplay – Parachutes. Every time I listen to it I literally notice something different about it that I’ve never noticed, and I love that. That album will never tire on me.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?

Beethoven. He was my first musical influence and artist that I loved. His piano sonatas were my first ever cassette tape. I think we would make something cool together.

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