ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Music runs through Jack Littman’s veins.
The 24-year-old Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist has been writing music since he was 13 and has never stopped.
“My father was a halfway songwriter,” he explains during a recent interview from Los Angeles. “My great-grandfather was an Ã¼ber-successful songwriter but his brother took all the credit. So, yes it’s in my blood. For me, the love for music comes from the art of storytelling.”
Littman has been hard at work on his current album, “The Remedy Vol. 1,” which was released Feb. 26. He describes it as a neo-soul revival album.
“I’ve been listening to a lot of Lauryn Hill and stuff like that,” he says. “This album is a progression of my work and reaching a point of my work in defining my voice. Listening to the songs of Motown has been a huge influence on me.”
Littman will make a short trek from his Los Angeles home through Arizona and New Mexico. The tour will end at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin.
In addition to his new sound, Littman says he’s opened up to collaborating with different musicians.
“It’s been a year or so of working on the album and developing,” he says. “Many of these songs have been sitting in my brain and on some, I took the chance and brought some people to work with.”
Littman says getting the songs out of his head also was a process.
“I see now in my experience that I usually let a song sit in my head and grow before I share it,” he says. “When it comes to songwriting, I would like to say that I’m like an open book. I want to put my heart on my sleeve and try to put everything into an honest form. That’s what the soul revival movement is about.”
|On The Road-SXSW Sendoff Party
With The James Douglas Show, Lovers & Madmen, Christopher Leyva’s Falling Doves, A House for Lions, Jack Littman
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10
WHERE: Low Spirits Bar & Stage, 2823 Second NW
HOW MUCH: $10 at www.holdmyticket.com or 886-1251
With his direction now focused on a neo-soul mood, Littman says he’s working to be more than just a singer/songwriter.
He explains that this is the third time in his career that he is expanding his brand.
“There are a couple of those type of vibes on the album,” he explains. “I’m slowly trying to separate myself from the singer/songwriter movement. I feel like the genre is oversaturated and want to branch out and create something that is different for me.”
Littman says when it comes to his actual inspiration, it usually happens at 4 a.m.
“I usually wake up from a dream and have a word in my head,” he says. “That word usually sparks a melody and then I have to get personally motivated to move forward with it. It’s not very formulaic. I’ve also been reading Shakespeare a lot, so I’ve been heavily inspired by the love and tragedy of it all.”