Country singer-songwriter, Filmore, recently released his critically-acclaimed single “Slower.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know, Filmore exemplifies an artist carving his own path in music with songs that have amassed more than 60 million streams to date and coast-to-coast sold out headlining shows. We talked with the breakout star about life on the road, what inspires him, and all things Nashville!
Thank you for talking with us! Congrats on your new single “Slower!” Was it born in Nashville or on the road? “Slower” was born in Nashville. I actually wrote “Slower” in the Curb Records building before even signing with them, so it’s kind of a full circle moment for me.
It has already received a lot of praise from the media. That must feel pretty special? It’s very cool just to see the response to the song. After all of the elements I’ve put into it from songwriting to production elements and getting to perform it live, it’s a good feeling. I’m excited for where the song has been and where it’s going to go.
What’s a song you may have written ‘just for you,’ but has had a lot of response from listeners? I write all these songs for myself but also for listeners. “Slower” was definitely written for myself to remind myself to slow down and live in the moment. Another one of my songs, “Country Song” is written about all the aspects I love about Country music and that one has gotten a lot of response at the live shows as well.
Are you mainly inspired by what happens around you for your songs? 100%. Everything that happens around me is somehow documented in the notes in my phone and then brought back to life at another point whether it’s the writer’s room or on the road. The whole songwriting process is like none other. I think it’s cool to pull from every experience in life because it makes it more relatable, not only for yourself but for the fans.
You have played with a lot of artists in your career, who has left the biggest impact and why? Opening for artists has been a huge experience for me and has really helped build my story. I think the biggest impact I had was Pitbull. I say that kind of jokingly, but I played with him and Blake Shelton and it was really cool to do a cross-genre style show where you have every facet of music and thousands of people loving every aspect of it. It really shows you that everyone listens to everything. I also really enjoyed opening for Sam Hunt.
Anyone you would love to collaborate with? Collaborations change daily for me. I think I’d love to collaborate with Jon Bellion.
What accomplishment would you say you most proud of so far? Those keep changing for me. I think you get to a certain goal and then just keep working towards your next one. Sometimes I need to appreciate those moments more. My National TV debut on the “Today Show” is definitely a big moment for me.
Say you had a completely free day in Nashville—no work allowed. What would you be doing? I’d golf in the morning, go to Corner Pub and get a sandwich and a beer, go to an afternoon movie by myself, then probably go to Midtown and drink.
What Nashville restaurants are you loving? I haven’t been here a lot in the last year, but the salad at Party Fowl is one of my favorites in town. Corner Pub is definitely a staple for me. I love just going everywhere and trying new stuff with all of Nashville’s new restaurants.
What hobbies do you enjoy when you need to unwind on the road? We have cornhole boards at all times underneath the bus so we play cornhole a lot.
After playing a late show, what is your guilty pleasure food? I keep making the mistake of eating before I sing and I’m burping the whole show. When I figure out that I need to eat after the show I’ll let you know.
Lightning Round: Ok, let’s talk about a few of your favorites in Nashville.
Most touristy thing you’ve done in Nashville? I bar hopped Broadway with some friends and got a beer at each bar.
Favorite place to go eat when in town? Corner Pub
Most under-rated thing about Nashville? Greenhouse in Green Hills, which is an old greenhouse they turned into a bar.
Place you haven’t been but dying to go? The new axe throwing place
Breakfast? I like the omelette at Noshville.
BBQ? Edley’s Barbecue. They serve a brisket breakfast burrito on the weekends that might top Noshville breakfast.
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? Let’s just see what offers come in and then I can make a decision. There’s too many to choose from.