Caleb Hawley is the pop star pop music has done nothing to deserve, but desperately needs. His lyrics are honest, but darkly ironic. The production of every song is attention grabbing, bringing the listener on a rollercoaster of 80's vibes and surprising emotional layers. At no point does he lean on pop cliches to earn his listener's attention, instead wildly combining genres to create something wholly his own.
The New York-based, Minneapolis-born producer, performer and songwriter, independently released Love, Drugs, & Decisions in 2017 followed by Sex Tape in 2018, earning fans all over the world. Now, a brand new album is on the way in the early spring of 2019 that promises to offer fans a more self-assured, creatively liberated artist. In his previous work, Hawley wrote about prescription drug culture, relating it to his battle with Tourettes, depression, substance abuse and relationship struggles. According to Hawley, the new album, while touching on similar subjects, will bring a new level of emotional honesty.
Hawley stopped by the Popdust offices to talk to Popdust's own Brooke Johnson about his upcoming album, his love of holographic cats, and his distinctive musical vibe.
After the interview, Caleb blew the Popdust offices away with his soulful voice and rhythmic performance of his song "A Minute of Your Love," a lament about the inability to love someone as wholly as you'd like. Then, he sang "Just Want to be Loved," an introspective ballad that showed off his unique voice.
Then, Brooke yelled at Caleb for a full 7 minutes, forcing him to reevaluate his judgment of the jellyfish's wit, scream nasally, and slap her in the face. The horrors of the magic box know no bounds.
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