Interview: "To Know I Hurt You" - Drew Schueler
“To Know I Hurt You” is such a raw, emotional song. Can you share what inspired you to sit down and write it?
Drew: I wanted this one to be from the perspective of the person who has hurt the one they love the most. A song where you really can feel the regret and pain. We've all been hurt by people we love. And we've all hurt those we love. These words are either what you'd say to the person you hurt, or what you wish someone would've said to you after they hurt you. You can insert yourself to either perspective depending on what you are currently going through in your personal life.
How did music find its way into your life?
Drew: Music has been interwoven into every thread of my life since I was a child. My dad is in an 80s cover band and my mom used to work in radio, so I was able to witness so many aspects of the industry. I began writing songs at about 10 years old and have been since.
Congratulations on being a finalist for NSAI’s Song Contest two years in a row! What do you think is the key to being a successful songwriter?
Drew: Thank you so much! There are many aspects to being a successful songwriter but the key is repetition. Just like any skill, the more you do it, the better you get. I have a catalog of hundreds of songs that are decent at best. I also think that listening and analyzing music critically is massive. Listen to enjoy first but when you hear a song you love, study it. Look at the structure, the tension and release, the melodic hooks and repetition throughout. Music is absolutely subjective but there are techniques you can utilize that can immensely enhance a song.
After spending the last year working in Nashville, I’m sure you know the best spots to hit when visiting! Have any recommendations?
Drew: Nashville has so many incredible spots. I'd recommend checking out The Gulch, Music Row, and 12th South.
What would be your dream venue to play? It could be anywhere in the world!
Drew: Dreaming big is the only way I know how, so I'd have to go with Wembley Stadium.
After such a successful 2021, we can’t wait to see what 2022 brings for you! Is there anything you can share about what to expect later this year?
Drew: This year is going to be amazing. I have so many new singles coming out, including the follow up to "To Know I Hurt You" which will be released in early April. Some really incredible things coming up soon.
Written By Sarah Curry