by Katie Morford
Drew Stravers, a sophomore youth ministry major, is releasing a five-song EP titled “Going Somewhere EP” on March 13. The EP is a collaborative project with former Northwestern student Sam McCormick, engineer for the project, and Stravers’ younger brother Clay, who played drums on the EP.
“I just love the process of making music. At the start, a song is just a small idea that keeps getting bigger and bigger. Next thing you know, you’re in a studio recording it,” Stravers said. “The process of getting to the finished product is just so much fun for me.”
Stravers sings and plays the guitar on his EP which will include 4 full band songs and one acoustic version. He describes the songs as falling in the pop and alternative rock genres.
The upcoming EP isn’t the first time Stravers has shown his music to the world. He shares his covers of popular songs such as “Royals,” “Anna Sun” and “Let Her Go” on his Youtube channel, Drew Stravers Music.
“Pop songs are very simple, and the process of making them different, or more complex, is very fun for me. Some songs are loud and upbeat when I wish they were quiet and a bit slower, so I try to put my style on the songs,” he said.
Also available on Youtube is “Face Your Pride,” one of Stravers’ original songs from the upcoming EP.
According to Stravers, recording the EP has been a fun but stressful process. “It’s been awesome to see how much these songs have improved and changed over the last nine months,” he said.
“It was probably a bit tougher than I expected, but it’s been extremely fun working with Sam and Clay,” he added.
Stravers hopes the EP will be a first step toward the production of a full-length album within a year or two.
“My long-term dream is to be able to tour the U.S. I love traveling, and I love performing, and I’d love to be able to travel non-stop for a few months playing songs I’ve made,” he added.
The EP will be available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon after its release.