It has always been said that the pen is mightier than the sword, but between Facebook, tweets, and all of social media the value of words can be somewhat mediocre and less sincere. In this month’s spotlight of Musicians of Mineral Wells Landon Hoffman, tells in an interview, he feels that mainstream music has become more artificial and his goal is to bring authenticity to the masses.
Landon Hoffman began playing the tuba as a young teen in junior high along with sports. It was not until his freshman year at Brock High School, the gradual affection for music truly began. “It was December of my freshman year in high school, which would have been 2014 or 2015. I remember my pop got my brother a guitar for his birthday and I snuck around with it until I started learning songs. I remember the first song I ever learned how to strum was Jolene by Zac Brown.”
Landon has changed as a person being given the outlet to produce music. He received a new perspective on life by channeling his emotions. Landon told us that his words and music feel powerful. “That not only helps me but helps others as well. That is the golden ticket for me. To be able to help someone with a story of mine. Or even make up a story that helps them in the situations they are going through. I think that is something that you can’t buy. You can’t put a price on that.”
He does recognize that his passion and goals for music are a gradual process. He wants to make a difference, but for him, it’s one step at a time. “You first learn how to play a couple of chords. Then you learn one song. Following that, you learn ten songs. And then you are ready to perform. So then you play one show, and you’re ‘like, man, I want to go play three more!’ That’s kind of how it’s been for me.” He went on to tell us that he always loved entertaining people through laughter whether it’s through class or with his family. His happy place is the stage.
For Landon, music isn’t so much about the melody or genre. He is influenced by how it makes him feel. He enjoys music that creates real emotion. “Jason Isbell has had a very big effect on my writing as far as structure.” … “Anything that has lyrics-that move me.”
Currently, Landon has come out with a hit single titled, Letters To Myself. This new song will feature a very personal view of himself, and how life turns out the way it’s supposed to. He gives us some intimate information, “Letter To Myself was more about things that I shouldn’t have been doing, that kind of caught up to me.” He thinks that learning from your mistakes helps you grow as a person.
For the future, Landon has truly taken a back seat to the idea of fame and fortune. Because that’s not his main focus when it comes to music. He wants to make an impact in the long run in people’s lives with his craft, and hopefully the music production industry. “I think a lot of music that people listen to nowadays is artificial. When there’s a lot of real things in our world nowadays that aren’t spoken of. I would like to have an impact on that culture with real genuine music that people can feel. They’re not just hearing it; they can feel it. I think that would be my big goal. If I could leave the world one day; and be recognized as someone who really helped out with the music industry. I’d like to give; more than I received.”
The last thing that we can all see is that Landon’s humility is what makes him special as a person and artist. “I’m not the best. I am human, but I try to be as selfless and humble as possible. I’d like to thank God. He has shown me a lot about patience, that’s something I struggle with now and then. For me to be patient with the process is sometimes difficult. But I thank God for the opportunity.”
To book him live you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Landon will be playing every Thursday evening at Crazy 8’s Bar & Grill in Mineral Wells, Texas until October, he invites a guest artist with him every week as well.
Writer | I graduated from Weatherford College with an Associates in Art, focusing on history, creative writings, sociology, and humanities. Experience in child development, client care, and runs local Spoken Word Poetry group for young teens.