Pop is not a dirty word.Rock gets all of the hipster love, but when you look at the most popular songs on the Billboard charts, pop songs dominate. There should be no questioning of the songcraft of chart-toppers such as Justin Timberlake, Pink and Bruno Mars, who all share the same level of talent seen in My Morning Jacket, Wilco or She & Him.Brigham Young University music student Caleb Blood hopes to one day reach the top of the pop charts.The 23-year-old guitar-playing native of San Francisco released the pure pop album "+one" in February on Sample Road Records, a record label started by fellow BYU student Manuel Delgado, followed by a record release show at the epicenter of the Utah County music scene, Velour Live Music Gallery.Blood answered questions about what doesn't inspire him, how "+one" came about, and why naming Kanye West's future child has no interest for him.
Why did you decide to enroll at BYU?I grew up as a BYU fan and I just always expected to go there. I grew up watching all the BYU football and basketball games on TV and when I found out about the Media Music program at BYU, my decision was solidified even more.
Tell me what you wanted to do with "+one."I wanted to create an album with a slicker pop sound than I had ever done. Utah, and especially Provo, is building an incredible reputation for great rock and indie bands, but radio-ready pop music is fewer and farther between around here. We have incredible mainstream bands like Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons that have launched from Provo, but the foundation of both their sounds is rock. I want to make a similar impact on the national music scene, but with pop music. I don't want to sound "local." Mainstream music can take a pretty bad rap sometimes, and I have no problem with that, but that's the kind of music that I listen to and that's the kind of music I want to make.