Summer Woods puts a fresh spin on the traditions of classic singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell, but thanks to offbeat influences such as Beck and Ween, her music comes out sounding like something only Summer could create.
Before getting major radio airplay on KLOS 95.5’s Heidi and Frank show as well as KX FM 104.7 and The Independent FM, Summer was the subject of a full-page article in Pasadena Weekly, received praise on Grrrlmusic’s Bops & Bangers podcast as well as their New Music Friday playlist, and had performed alongside artists such as Jim Messina, Creed Bratton, Poncho Sanchez, Andy McKee, and Yasmin Williams.
The LA-based artist’s diverse sensibilities are on full display in her semi-electronic, semi-acoustic EP, Nope Just Me, a collection of deliciously catchy pop ditties sprinkled with flavors from all kinds of genres from bossa nova to deep house; it also featured an upbeat cover of a Ween B-side, “Skycruiser”. Her latest EP, Chihuahua Hat, is Summer’s acoustic, stripped-down take on her favorite “Weird Al” Yankovic deep cuts— and despite its comedic qualities, it was taken seriously (and happily retweeted) by Weird Al himself.
Her brand-new single, “Pasadena”, which came out May 20th, is making waves in the titular city and is on its way to becoming Pasadena’s new anthem. As a multi-instrumentalist with a bachelor’s degree in songwriting and composition from Los Angeles College of Music, Summer is a creator to be reckoned with.
Where is Summer from?
Chino Hills, a city in Southern California.
How long has she been rockin' and rollin'?
Summer started to play piano at about 8 years old but only really started to take music seriously and write her own songs when she was about 14. She was born on August 8th, 1997, so you do the math.
What inspired Summer to become a musician?
Her earliest memory of creating music was writing lyrics to instrumental video game tracks-- namely, the songs by K.K. Slider in the video game Animal Crossing. In high school, her crush on the musician Beck inspired her creatively, and it turns out that learning and writing songs was something that just came naturally to her and never stopped setting her passions aflame.
What instruments can Summer play?
She plays piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass at a high level, and can play some rudimentary stuff on drums, harmonica, and accordion. But don't even get her started on the recorder; she's a virtuoso on that thing.
Does Summer use/write sheet music?
The short answer is no. Learning songs by ear is something that comes naturally to her, so sheet music is not her strong suit. She can read/write it in a pinch if necessary.
Does Summer have perfect pitch?
No, but she does have relative pitch. She can tell how far apart notes are but usually not whether you're playing a C or an F#.
Can Summer speak Spanish?
Yes; not at a fluent level, but she can understand and speak it.
What is Summer wearing?
What? What kind of question is that? Are you some kind of weird sex pervert? You should be ashamed of yourself!! She's wearing a pink bathrobe and Dunder-Mifflin pajama pants, if you must know.
What if I want to know EVEN MORE behind-the-scenes info?!
You can watch Summer's behind-the-scenes videos here!
* get to know summer
- Portal 1 & 2
- Super Mario Sunshine/Galaxy
- Animal Crossing
- Todd in the Shadows
- Beavis and Butt-head
- The Office
- South Park
- Weird Al
- The Beatles
- The Notorious B.I.G.
- Kendrick Lamar
- Led Zeppelin
- Pogo (Nick Bertke)
- Learning languages
- Clay sculpting/crafts
- Disney theme parks/movies