Cut Worms on signing to Jagjaguwar, songwriting giants + the commercialization of music

Shannon Byrne
Oct 11, 2017 · 8 min read
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I think songwriting like any art is a kind of alchemy, and it’s best not to try too hard to figure out what it all “really means.” — Max Clarke

His harmonies are reminiscent of the 60s or 70s. They may make you think of Beach Boys or Simon & Garfunkel. If you could bottle the feeling of a dewy summer evening, it’d be found in the single, “Like Going Down Sideways.” The title track of his upcoming EP, Alien Sunset feels like it belongs in an artsy surf documentary. But there’s more to Cut Worms’ sound. His perfectly executed finger-picking brings an energy that makes his songs uniquely his. His unapologetic uniqueness and musical style remind me of Ry Cooder.

Who is Cut Worms?

SB: When did you start writing songs?

Inspiration, comparisons, and thoughts on songwriting giants

SB: How do you feel about the comparisons to greats like Dylan or Cohen?

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Signing to Jagjaguwar and the future of Cut Worms

SB: You just signed with Jagjaguwar, congrats! What does this mean for your career and your music? How will it impact your recording process and touring schedule moving forward?

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A sample of Max’s work for Burn ’Em Brewing

The future of music, streaming, and trying to ‘make it’ as an artist

SB: What’s your take on the future of music and streaming?

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Cut Worms tour dates

Sat. Oct. 14 || Montclair, NJ || Outpost in the Burbs
Mon. Oct. 16 || Sellersville, PA || Sellersville Theater
Fri. Oct. 20 || Los Angeles, CA || Teragram
Sat. Oct. 21 || Los Angeles, CA || Teragram
Sun. Oct 22 || Nashville, TN || City Winery
Tue. Oct. 24 || St. Louis, MO || Delmar Hall
Wed. Oct. 25 || Kansas City, MO || Knuckleheads
Fri. Oct. 27 || St. Paul, MN || Turf Club
Sat. Oct. 28 || St. Paul, MN || Turf Club
Sun. Oct. 29 || Milwaukee, MN || Turner Hall
Tue. Oct. 31 || Chicago, IL || Lincoln Hall
Thur. Nov. 2 || Brooklyn, NY || Baby’s All Right (EP Release Show)

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https://cutworms.bandcamp.com/

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created @asongaday.co + @theprocessco. craft words + strategies for small biz. enthusiast of music, mountains, travel, dogs, laughter.

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A Song A Day is a collective of curators sending hand-picked songs to your inbox daily. These are our rants and raves about music + culture.

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