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Andrew McLeod: Hey, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. It means a lot to me. So Stargazer is an album that is a direct follow up to my debut album, Path of Wounds. Both albums are tools that I used to express my frustrations, my questions, my interpretations of relationships, and how I personally dealt with these things. Stargazer is an album less focused on the how I got myself into all the troubles described in my debut release, and more on how I got out. Sometime after the Path of Wounds was released, I noticed that many people were wondering if there was ever an end to all of those trials. Many people said that they loved my music, but it made them feel sad because it was never resolved and that is when the idea of Stargazer was born! The truth is I am past most of those issues and so it seemed that Path of Wounds was a misrepresentation of who I am today. The last song on that record was called "Capsize" and I decided to finish the story which that song started. So this album tells the story of how my ship sank to the bottom of the ocean, how hopeless it seemed, but how God was sovereign and in control of the everything. Then it shows how God rescued me and brought me back to the safety or "The Shore."
Andrew: Piano has been my primary instrument for most of my life but over the past few years I have picked up the guitar, bass, and drums. On this album, I played the piano and synths, as well as the drums and bass. My brother, Josh, played all of the guitars. It was cool to do it that way because he and I were able to come up with more ideas for the guitar parts and it made the record more interesting.
Andrew: To me the whole album feels like one epic song. But, if I had to choose a favorite track, it would be the title track, "Stargazer." This song sits in the track listing at a turning point in the album where I start to see how God was with me through it all. This song is probably the most worshipful song that I have written as it tells about how majestic and mysterious God truly is. When I wrote it, I was just in awe of how small and insignificant I am compared to Gods majesty and yet he chose to love me and save me from myself. It was also really fun to feature my sister on this track.
Andrew: Yeah, actually. I am playing a local show in May! I hope to play several local gigs before school starts back up. It will be interesting to see how we could pull that off, but I trust God to provide the means to play some shows this summer if that is his will.
Andrew: I hope to bring this music to more people. I plan to have a career in the music industry. As of right now, I am not quite sure whether that will be playing in a band, or being an audio engineer. I'm still trying to decide these things but I trust God to show me what he would have me do.
Andrew: Wow! That is a great question. Though a film would be awesome, I would have to go with a series of novels. I have always wanted to be an author. I love to convey stories whether through music or poetry or just writing out ideas. I think Stargazer could make for a thrilling book series.
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