Logan Henderson on Finding His Voice and Getting Personal in Debut Solo LP
“I have a history for sure,” says this week’s TIDAL Rising artist Logan Henderson. “I love that people know that, but really what I’m most concerned with and focused on is the moment I’m in now.”
This “history” Henderson is referring to is his past role as Logan Mitchell on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush show and as a member of the band, Big Time Rush. While that may have built his initial popularity, it’s merely a step in what pushed the singer-songwriter to be so focused on this moment and the project that came to be known as Echoes of Departure and the Endless Street of Dreams.
Echoes encompasses multiple influences from dreams to past relationships and marks a bold debut for the now solo artist. In this interview with TIDAL, he elaborates on confronting tough personal battles in order to get closure and the payoff in getting comfortable with vulnerability.
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So you put this playlist together for us called “Last Flight Home.” Where were you coming from?
I was in Mexico City for a Cinco de Mayo show. It was the first solo show for a spring tour kickoff. It was an excellent show with a huge turnout. I got to play a lot of new music for the fans, so it was really special.
It must be interesting to have some fans that you’ve had for years that know you from Big Time Rush and others who are new to your music.
I took some time off in between the last project because I was done with that idea of who I was. I took some time off to get back to my roots musically, and I needed to find the person that I wanted to be and accept the change and growth and reinvention of how I saw things moving musically and in my personal life. I have a history for sure, and I love that people know that, but really what I’m most concerned with and focused on is the moment I’m in now. I love whenever there are new people. I never wanted to cater to any type of audience. I just wanted to make music the way that I saw it and wanted to make music that I liked.
I read that you consider your music “dark grunge pop.” Does that ring a bell?
I don’t really try to grab one genre. Whenever I make music, especially for these upcoming releases. I see each song as a separate story. I would hate to belong to any one type of genre because it’s not who I am or what I think the music is about. To hell with genre. There’s no such thing these days. Think about who we are as people. We have so many different faces and have so many different layers to us as human beings. I want that to come across in the music I write and the music I listen to.
So you’re releasing this album in two parts. What was the logic behind that?
A lot of the songs touch on the same subject matter but from different viewpoints. I think that they all belong to the same body of work, but I needed people to receive the information at the time that I thought people could take something in. It definitely belongs to one big body of work, but to do two parts was like having some of the ideas and stories I was talking about split up because they’re from different points of view. Musically, it’s very different as well, and I thought they deserved their own part.
When you started this project, did you have in mind what you wanted to talk about?
The album is called Echoes of Departure and the Endless Street of Dreams. It was a period of time where I had gotten some of these ideas from dreams. Some of the things I had been wanting to talk about, and some of the things I very much did not want to talk about but decided was best for me to do. Some of the things came back in a weird way and showed up and made themselves known and showed me it was something I needed to talk about — past relationships, past addictions on any scale. It got to a place where I couldn’t find closure for some of these things and move on from them unless I spoke about them and talked about them and shared that story.
I’m sure it’s hard to put yourself in that place where you’re sharing things that you’re not quite comfortable sharing but you know that you have to. How do you get comfortable with that?
It happens as you get older. The good stuff comes from being vulnerable and open, although it’s hard. For me, it outweighs all the nervousness and anxiousness and anxiety. It’s like clearing your head and taking a huge weight off your shoulders. If I’m in the studio and something is a little harder for me to touch on, then I think I’m moving in the right direction. The songs that are deeply personal and deeply emotional are the songs I get the best reactions from or the ones that people come up to me and say, ‘Hey, I listen to this song all the time because I was going through something, and this was something I needed to hear.’
Do you have one instance in particular where someone has done that and it’s really stood out to you?
I have a track off part one called ‘Evergreen,’ and I’ve had a couple of mates that have just gotten out of serious relationships and relationships that they thought would have been the last and be the person that they would marry. Sometimes things don’t go in the right direction or how you saw it happening, and the song ‘Evergreen’ has a lyric that goes, ‘Our love is magic, time just passes, but we’re evergreen.’ So it’s about when people come into your life and enjoying the time that they’re there for and knowing that the pieces you take from that relationship will always stay with you no matter if you still have it or not. It’s a part of your DNA and your chemical makeup. That’s one that’s helped a few of my friends out.
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