Gavin DeGraw does not take the job of naming his albums lightly.
“It’s funny because when you go through and you try to figure out what to name an album… I was going through going ‘Maybe I’ll go through and I’ll pick a song title to name the album after yunno?’” said DeGraw of the initial thought process behind Make A Move. “You start seeing how one song title might be misinterpreted as an album title; how it could go all wrong.”
The “Chariot” singer mentioned the song “Leading Man,” and how he felt it was a cool song title but would’ve sounded “totally douche-y” as the name of the LP.
“I thought Make A Move was a good choice,” DeGraw said of his eventual selection. “It was the type of thing that couldn’t necessarily be misinterpreted too poorly.”
The release marks the artist’s fifth studio album and first since 2011’s Sweeter, which spawned the hit “Not Over You.” The lead single “Best I Ever Had” certainly sets the tone for a different sound of DeGraw’s.
“This is definitely a step towards another direction,” DeGraw admitted. “There are songs on this album that I think are reflective of Chariot, but at the same time there are other songs on this album that really do feel almost as if it’s a completely different artist, which is something I’m really proud of.”
But outside of the studio, the singer is still pretty easy-going and down for a good laugh. He revealed that Michael Franti was joking about his “soccer skills” on “The Ralphie Show” because DeGraw is the type of guy “who kind of likes to walk in to the group when people are kicking a ball around and grab it and just punt it as far as I can.”
The move itself could have been left open to misinterpretation but both DeGraw and Franti seemed to enjoy chatting about it, and meeting each other for the first time while supporting Train on the road.