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Meet Drew McClellan of Spyderland and Grammar School in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew McClellan.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I got started playing music at a very young age in Colorado Springs, CO. Probably about six years old on the piano. Throughout my childhood and teenage years I always found myself picking up new instruments. I loved exploring sounds, and especially rhythms.

Around the time I graduated high school I’d decided that I wanted to pursue a life writing songs. I moved to Denver, CO and spent nearly a decade fronting bands and playing guitars, drums, and eventually rediscovering my love for keyboards.

After putting in my fair share of time in Denver’s creative playground, I decided to move to southern California to continue my musical journey with my partner, Marie Litton, and a couple of other creatives from Colorado.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think things ever go quite how you’d like them to. For a long time, I had a hard time justifying what I was even doing as a songwriter. Turns out writing and performing original material as a career isn’t always the most financially stable.

I’ve had some amazing times collaborating in bands and building strong friendships within them, but I’ve also had the struggle of band breakups and losing those relationships as well. The road will always be rocky.

Please tell us about Spyderland and Grammar School.
I’ve always been good at structuring songs, and I’ve always had an eclectic array of artistic influences. I’m known for always pushing a project that sounds new, different, and genre defiant. To me, every project has its own story and has its own life, and they all exist within mine.

Grammar School started as my solo project, about five years ago. I needed an outlet from my main band at the time and wanted to write songs with only vocals and piano. Overtime, I’ve had the opportunity to incorporate percussion and guitars into the works and the project has developed a real avant-garde gypsy sound that I continue to love.  To me, these songs will always invoke a very raw and vulnerable emotion.
Spyderland is made up of myself and Marie Litton. We’d admired each others work for years, and early 2018, finally decided to join forces. I love this project because it encourages us both to do something out of the ordinary.  Though we’ve only been an active group for less than a year I’m continuously excited about where Spyderland will take us, creatively and physically.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have moved a larger market (L.A., New York, etc…) sooner.

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Corben Tucker, Matt Pangman, Nick Velharticky

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