Where are you from and what got you into music?
I’m originally from Poland, but I’ve been living in New York for 14 years.
First I just wanted to learn how to play guitar and then I realized writing my own songs came easy to me.
What tends to influence your music?
It could be anything ‐ what’s around me or how I felt at that particular moment.
I heard you are a skateboarder, what got you into it?
I’ve been skateboarding for about 17 years. When I was a teenager, my brother and I chipped in to buy a cheap skateboard from one of those sport authority stores. We started skating together but he gave up pretty quickly and I kept going. I remember waiting and looking for a skate competition on TV since they were so rare. When I found one, I would record it and slow it down to learn the tricks. The one trick I really wanted to learn in the beginning was a kickflip and I thought to myself “If I could just learn this trick, I would be set”. But of course, it didn’t stop there.
If you weren’t playing music, would you make skateboarding your career path?
No, I don’t think so. I always wanted to do something with it, but I never thought I could make a career out of it.
How did you come up with the name “Tender Glue”?
It originated from mine and my friend’s last name who I used to play with. I was also called Glue back in Poland. The name Tender Glue doesn’t have a deeper meaning, it’s just two words combined together. And it definitely doesn’t describe me as being “tender”.
What does your writing and recording process look like?
The writing process could be messy, but recording is definitely in the moment. Sometimes it’s hard for me to know what I even did. I don’t like over‐thinking those things too much, I just like to trust my gut feeling.
Tell us about your artwork and videos, do you to create it all yourself?
Yes, I create all the artwork and the videos myself. I try to think of ideas I can do on my own so I don’t have to bother anyone else. But eventually I’m hoping to find someone who could help me with those things. I’m just tired of doing everything alone. I do have one video coming out for “Hope Street” which is a collaboration with Christian Haberkern, who I found online. I asked him if I could use one of his videos because it went really well with the song and he was kind enough to agree to it.
You recently released a new single and have an album on the way. Tell us about “Hope Street” and the upcoming album Steady Light
“Hope Street” was inspired by my work during one of those times where you feel like nothing is working out and you just want to give up on everything. The upcoming album “Steady Light ” is a continuation ofthe EP Wait for Steady Light that was released last year. Similar to the EP, the new album is made up of raw recordings I made with the resources I had in my home.
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