Musician Carson Ferris left our hearts skipping a beat with his nostalgic track “Speed Limit”. This track talks about how we may stumble through bumps in life but we as the people can change the outcome. Young and talented, the singer dwells on his experiences with challenges he encountered along the way. Gearing up for his other new release, “Drive Alone”. We had the pleasure of interviewing Carson Ferris, and here is what he had to say:
Q: You dropped two singles this year “Drive Alone” and “Speed Limit”. How do these songs collaborate and what was your favorite part of each song?
CARSON: It’s kind of funny that both of these songs use metaphors that involve driving. And they both have a similar main guitar riff. But Speed Limit was originally a super mellow piano ballad! And I almost never write the bridge first on a song, but I did with drive alone.My favorite part of the drive alone process is how the inspiration first struck.
Me and my dad were in the car and the GPS was giving us directions. It said to take the next left, having heard that, I began singing it to a melody. That later became the bridge of the song. When I was working on speed limit, I was trying to come up with a good first line. My 4 year old brother was sitting next to me and would occasionally chime in with an idea as I brainstormed out loud.
At one point he told me: “Carson, you could say: “sometimes I feel like I’m over my speed limit. Apathetically, I replied, “Yeah, sure buddy.” And then my head shot up. “Wait, say it again?” he asked.
It was perfect right away.
Q: During the Utah Jazz game, you sang the national anthem. How was that experience for you?
CARSON:It was a bit scary, but also really cool. I had never sang in front of that many people before! It was also my first time at a basketball game. Throughout the game, any time I would head into the concourse, so many people would congratulate me and tell me I did a good job. It was a really cool experience.
Q: For the “Drive Alone” music video you were riding a dirt bike in the desert. You looked like a pro and it looks like you’ve done that before, so was that your first time?
CARSON: I had never ridden a dirt bike before that day. We filmed at this place near my house called Little Sahara.
Riding on the road wasn’t too hard to get the hang of, but I did have a couple of crashes in the sand! If I slowed down too much in the wrong spot, the bike would lose traction in the sand and tip over. Luckily the sand was pretty soft.
Q: You have already performed several times. Would you like to be on tour one day?
CARSON: Touring sounds awesome but also really hard at the same time. Living in a van for a few months doesn’t sound fun, but traveling all over doing big shows definitely does. If only I could move my bedroom around the country!
Q: Any upcoming shows?
CARSON: I’m playing at the social in downtown Provo on March 24 at 8:00pm, and I have lots of other summer shows planned!
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
CARSON: By the time I’m 18, I hope to be at the point where music is my full-time job that pays the bills.
In 5 years, I want to be doing big shows regularly, and also writing and releasing new songs all the time. And I want my songs to help people get through hard things and help them realize they are not alone.
That’s my dream.
Interviewed by Shertara Brazil
FOLLOW CARSON FERRIS :