Detroit native and musician Flint Eastwood will unveil her newest EP in the Fisher Building lobby tonight before embarking on a spring and summer tour around the country.
Performing under the stage name Flint Eastwood, Jax Anderson is releasing her new EP under NYC boutique record label Neon Gold Records on Friday, April 14. The indie pop outfit has been steadily building buzz this year, with a recent performance at the music showcase South by Southwest and slated sets at festivals such as Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.
Titled “Broke Royalty,” the EP evokes the emotions of Anderson’s childhood and growing up with limited resources. She says she wants people to know a lack of material items shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your dreams.
“I never had the money or anything to create music; we just made it work,” Anderson says. “Whenever we wanted to make music, we would go to the thrift store, bought some gear, and bugged our relatives to donate some hand-me-down computers to us and we just learned.”
Anderson grew up in a tiny home in Harper Woods. Her two brothers shared a room, she had a room to herself, and her mother and father slept on a pullout couch in the living room.
“I think being in a position where I need to find out where I fit in the world really forced me to get creative and really make me understand other people’s struggles,” says Anderson. “I think if anything it taught me a lot of empathy.”
Without the luxury of cable TV or the internet, Anderson’s parents encouraged their children to be creative.
Anderson picked up a guitar for the first time after her father had left one in the living room. She found herself practicing the guitar and creating melodies in her mind throughout the day.
“Once I became a teenager I started writing [songs] down and writing lyrics in class,” Anderson says. “I started performing in high school. I did a lot of folk music and a lot of acoustic duo type stuff.”
Anderson says her love of folk music comes from the “love thy neighbor” message it carries. “I was always drawn to that, of making people think beyond the shallowness that can sometimes exists in music.”
Anderson began performing in a band called Apple Trees and Tangerines in venues around the city. She would eventually start Flint Eastwood, a full band, before branching off into a one-woman show, produced by her brother Seth, aka Syblyng.
She says the core message behind Flint Eastwood is, “even though we don’t have what we need, we somehow figure it out.”
Flint musician Tunde Olaniran, along with Michigander and Syblyng are also slated to perform at the Friday performance at the Fisher Building.