Andrew Thomas recently released the song named “Rodeo,” which has collected about 1.3 million views.
Thomas has always had a love for music since he was eight years old he began playing the piano. He has now become a singer, songwriter, and music producer. He has produced music for Snoop Dogg and Waka Flocka; he is currently on tour debuting serval songs including his hit singles “Rodeo” and “Liquor Talkin,” both have accumulated millions of views on YouTube. “Liquor Talkin” highlights multiple emotions lyrically and visually, meant to emulate the feeling and process of going through a breakup. This song has been added to the current rotation on MTV live.
Our correspondent Rebecca Eugene spoke with Thomas about his music and passion for advocating on social issues. He uses his platform to inform his fans and listeners on issues that consistently affect our society.
The Knockturnal: At what age did you begin showing an interest in music?
Andrew Thomas: I started playing piano around the age of 8. I wanted to learn all the videos I played themes songs
The Knockturnal: How has your upbringing impacted the music you create?
Andrew Thomas: Not that I’m aware of but I’m sure it has to some extent
The Knockturnal: There’s a lot of emotions that can be felt in your hit single “Liquor Talkin.’’ What was your inspiration for the song? What was the concept for the video?
Andrew Thomas: Yea, it’s about after a breakup and you trying to numb the pain by drinking but then you get even more emotional and end up hitting your ex up.
The Knockturnal: “Liquor Talkin’’ reached over 3 million views on Vevo, and you recently released a new single called “Rodeo.” What was your creative process when creating these songs?
Andrew Thomas: It all starts with a piano melody that I build into a beat and I sing about how the music makes me feel. Sometimes sad, sometimes happy. I try to make all my music relatable and honest
The Knockturnal: As a producer, songwriter, and musician, where do you see yourself in 5 years? What goal(s) would you like to accomplish?
Andrew Thomas: I really want a Grammy. Then I’ll finally feel like I made it
The Knockturnal: What is your proudest accomplishment thus far in the music industry?
Andrew Thomas: That’s a tough one, working with Snoop Dogg is def up there and so is seeing my videos on MTV. But I think every time I perform and meet new fans that’s the best feeling.
The Knockturnal: As an advocate for mental health and racial justice in what ways do you use your platform to bring awareness to these issues?
Andrew Thomas: I want my music to touch people and speak to them and have them relate to it. Mental health is an issue that I believe we are all just now becoming more aware of and I think that’s a good thing. Hopefully with the awareness society can be more understanding and willing to help rather than judge.