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Interview:
Borns in Royal Oak, 5 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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It seems like Garrett Borns, who records and performers under his surname only, has been around even longer than the three years since his debut album, "Dopamine," came out.



During that time the Muskegon native has scored several hits -- including the platinum "Electric Love," "10,000 Emerald Posts," "Faded Heart" and his latest single, "God Save Our Young Blood," featuring Lana Del Rey. He's also spent a lot of time on the road, whether headlining himself, supporting Halsey, Bleachers, Mumford & Sons, MisterWives and others, and playing at festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza.



These days Borns, who resides in Los Angeles, is on his own again, following up a tour with Del Ray to support his sophomore album, "Blue Madonna," which came out in January...



• Borns' current show combines songs from both of his albums, including medleys. For the look, meanwhile, "it's more of a sporty glam-rock (production) than I've done before. I was looking through a bunch of photos from Elton John’s tours in the 70s, and he had a bedazzled (Los Angeles) Dodgers uniform that really kind of inspired me for this show. So we did some throwback sporty looks and bedazzled them out. It's a really fun, sparkly kind of aerobic show, very physical."



• Nearly 10 months after "Blue Madonna's" release, Borns, 26, is still finding new aspects and flavors in his songs as he performs them for audience. "I guess sometimes when you're writing an album, there's parts of it where you don't understand why you wrote something or why you did something a certain way," he says by phone. "I feel like you get to know the songs in a different way as you're performing them more. There's definitely lines in these songs that were just kind of subconscious alliteration, then later down the line I'm just like, 'Oh, I guess I took that from my life at the time and didn't realize it.' So I'm always getting to know the songs and figure out different ways to sing them so they stay fresh on the road."



• Two albums in, Borns is pleased with his career so far -- but adds that he'd be pleased with most any status, really. "I kind of entered into this music world with no expectations, really. I've just kind of been going with the flow, and I never really want to go in with expectations. I want to make the music I'm feeling at the time and let it happen. I think the moment you start putting too much pressure on yourself it stifles your creativity. I've been really lucky to tour as much as I have, and I feel like I just want to be able to inspire people and to be open and creative. But it's been really amazing, and I feel really lucky."



• Borns is already at work on his third album, which he says is "still in a very experimental stage. I've been working with Tommy English (nee Schleiter), who produced the first two records, and a couple of my friends who are really amazing produces that live in L.A. I think it's definitely going to be a mix of new and old. I feel like we're really figuring out sonics because stereo systems are getting more high quality, even earbuds. So you want your music to be sonically pleasing. So I'm putting all my time into it when I'm not performing and just letting it happen."



• Borns has recently been accused online of sexual misconduct, which he's denied with a statement via social media: "I am both hurt and angered over the disturbing and false allegations that have been spread over the past few days on social media. All of the relationships I have had were legal and consensual. They ended abruptly and that obviously caused hurt feelings, but for anyone to suggest anything beyond that is irresponsible."



Borns performs Monday, Oct. 1, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. $29 advance, $31 day of show. 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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