Check out our new interview with the talented Teddy Geiger!
The 24-year-old musician first broke big back in 2006 with his hit single “For You I Will (Confidence).”
Before that, he was a finalist on VH1′s In Search of the Partridge Family and later starred in 2008′s The Rocker, alongside Emma Stone.
JJJ caught up with Teddy to get the details on his new music, his reality TV past, and more!
Click inside to read our interview with Teddy Geiger…
JustJaredJr.com Interview – Teddy Geiger
JustJaredJr.com: Congrats on the new album! How long did it take you to get this record made?
Teddy Geiger: It took about a year. We started last March and just finished up this past March, so it was a year but with some touring in between and some stuff like that. Probably about the last year and songs that were written over the past two years.
JJJ: Are you including any songs from your past EPs or only new songs?
TG: All new songs except for one song called “Sunshine Fires” that kind of came out on this. I released 33 songs when I was on Columbia and they kind of had this thing where fans were going to pick a song for the second album if a second album was to ever come out, so this one song from that group is on this new record.
JJJ: Because you are releasing this independently, is it nicer because you have more creative freedom?
TG: Yeah, it’s been cool. It’s also been more of a learning experience that way for me as someone who wants to continue working in music to kind of have more of a hands-on thing, you know, to be working more hands on every step of the way. To be involved like that, it taught me a lot. I’m kind of forced into a leadership role here and there, whereas on my first record, I was very much just the artist. I had some songs and then they kind of got ran through the machine, which is all good too, I learned a lot from that experience as well.
JJJ: What does this record mean to you in comparison to your other records? How would you describe the overall sound?
TG: It’s definitely just a progression from the first record. There’s still a guitar and piano base. Everything I wrote on acoustic guitar and piano, but it’s a little more classic, not classic rock, but it’s a little more “throwbacky” than the other one. I don’t know how to say it. It’s a little more retro here and there, and then I took more liberties with rocking out in certain places and being more rock and roll.
JJJ: How did you come up with the title for the album The Last Fears?
TG: Basically it’s like that moment when I first went on a roller coaster, I was super excited. As I got in line, I was standing there with my dad and it started to turn and it just made me terrified because I’m looking up at this massive roller coaster. We finally get on and I’m like, “Let’s get off” and I’m crying and I’m like, “Dad, let me get off.” And he’s like, “Nah, this is what makes it fun.” We finally got to the peak and we were coming down the hill and all of a sudden I’m having the best time and forget about how terrified I was. And it’s a similar thing every time I get on stage or even now the moments in between when the album is done, and people are going to hear it. It’s that anticipation and then you finally hit that moment where there is nothing to be afraid of and you’re kind of moving into whatever it is.
JJJ: Would you say the album speaks to different fears in your life? What are most of the songs about?
TG: I would say there are a lot about identity and also definitely some stuff about fear. A few things about girls, you know, a couple of them have all three tied into them. It’s definitely about
being afraid to leave relationships or being afraid to be in relationships, and thinking about your life. There’s one song called “Happier” that’s about a relationship, but also generally asking yourself “If you could be happier…” or “Are you happy?” And “What does that mean to me?” And if asking that question makes any sense.
There are a bunch of different themes because it’s been a weird time for me. I kind of finished my record on Columbia, finished my whole career with them and then stepped into this place where I had no management, no label and I was just writing a lot. And to make the transition to step up on my own and be like, “I’m going to make a record and get the fans involved.” That was all something, for a while, I was afraid to do. I was taking meetings and playing stuff for people, but it was hard for me to take that first step and be like “OK, I’m going to do this on my own, I’m going to make this happen, and we’re making an album.” So that was a lot of the stuff that happened in between there, all the feelings I was dealing with.
JJJ: We’ve seen a lot of musicians battle with their labels and then just release stuff independently. It seems very liberating and scary at the same time. Would you agree?
TG: Yeah, I was still pretty young and its not like I was some dude that was in a band for 15 years and knew the ins and outs of everything. But you know, I had my career with Columbia and then felt very much, for a while, I didn’t know how to take the first step towards making another record. I was doing a lot of writing, but it was all over the place. It was hard for me to be like, “OK, time to make a new record, I don’t care if anyone is going to put it out, I’m going to make it and put it out myself.”
JJJ: Looking back at some of the reality TV you did, what do you make of that now?
TG: It was cool. When I did that, I really didn’t want to do it, but my mom was like, “You just spend all your time in the basement working on music. You have to go do this reality show.” I was crying and I had a girlfriend in high school at the time and I didn’t want to leave her, and there was all this stuff. I didn’t know if it was lame to go on reality TV or what my friends would think. I felt so weird about it all. But my mom was like, “You have to do this, you’re going to do this.” And I was like, “OK, cool.”
JJJ: You ventured into acting a little bit. Do you plan on doing that again at some point?
TG: I think, yeah. I’m definitely curious about it. I don’t feel like an actor as much as I feel like a songwriter and all that. And I’ve only played musicians as an actor. I’m definitely interested if an interesting thing comes along or we hear about something, now that this record is done I’ll have some more free time so it’d be easier to go out and audition.
JJJ: You’re going on tour soon with Tyler and Ryan again. Do you ever get sick of those guys?
TG: Nah, their awesome (laughs). We had a great time on the last tour.
JJJ: When you play your new songs in concert, do you try to look at people’s reactions?
TG: Yeah, what’s interesting is some of these songs, we posted demo versions of them. Some of the girls will know them before I sing. There’s this one song where we teach the audience a part and a couple of the girls will come and already know it.
JJJ: Oh, that’s cool!
TG: Yeah, totally. The first time I play a lot of these songs, I’ll be thinking during the song, kind of looking around and singing, and at the end of the song seeing if people clap. At the end of the show I’ve been hanging out and talking to the fans and occasionally people will tell me, “I really like this song that you played” or “This new one I really connected to.” That’s kind of cool just knowing that people are into it.
Be sure to pick up Teddy Geiger’s latest album The Last Fears.