Andrew Heringer was a vocalist for Milo Greene in the early days before leaving and starting his own music career. His solo project is called The Guest and the Host, and if you haven’t already, you should check out some of his music.
I had the opportunity to talk with Andrew about starting his own music career. Below are some of the questions I asked, and his pretty insightful responses. Hope you enjoy.
What made you want to transition out of Milo Greene?
We spent a lot of time together for 5 years and I think that by the second album the band had a leadership problem. Too many people trying to steer the ship and not enough energy being put towards bringing us together. And I take my share of the responsibility for that too. There was a lack of communication that really created personal walls and triggers.
After touring on the second Milo Greene album (“Control”) for most of 2015, we got back to LA and started to get together to work on new material for a third album. The writing experience wasn’t clicking. It was obvious that the excitement to collaborate just wasn’t there anymore.
In the meantime, I had started writing and producing for other artists and I was loving those collaborations. I started spending a lot more time with outside artists because that is where i was experiencing joy creating music.
Where’d you get the name “The Guest and the Host”?
“the guest and the host” was taken from lectures by my mentor George Falcon. From a spiritual sense, “the guest and the host” represents the idea of a separation between consciousness and what you’re conscious of. Similar to the idea of an Avatar. Consciousness is the Guest and the Body is the Host.
the hardest part about leaving Milo Greene was how much i had put my own identity into it. After I left the band – I didn’t know how to describe myself for a while.
the guest and the host for me implies that I’m putting on a mask if you will with the new project – it is not my identity.
What’s been like starting your own music career?
It didn’t really feel like a start as much as a pivot.
On the first Milo Greene album, I had had my hands on the wheel from a recording and production aspect. That record got us a good amount of momentum and, while I had been making records since I was a teenager, that was the first time that something I recorded / produced resonated on a professional level. That experience gave me the confidence to feel like I knew enough about this process to make the leap into being a songwriter and producer for other artists.
I’ve started my own studio and I feel lucky as hell to have had a great flow of artists come through and make albums here. It can be stressful to start a new journey because of all the unknowns that lie ahead on the path but I’ve always found that following bliss makes life a whole lot more worth living.
What has been the most challenging thing about starting your own solo project?
Name recognition. It’s a noisy [f@c#!ng] world out there right now. EVERYONE is battling for your attention.
We had spent a lot of time building up the Milo Greene name – and it wasn’t lost on me that I was walking away from a project that I had put years of time into building.
One word of advice to someone thinking of starting their own music career?
Do what you love with the people you love and each day will figure itself out.