Peter Duff turns downbeat thoughts into upbeat pop with his disarmingly revealing single and video The To-Do List — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
On the California singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer’s first solo release after nearly a decade of creating hundreds of songs for other independent artists, Duff pulls no punches. The song’s opening line — “I don’t lay down my thoughts cuz my words sound worn out … just like me” — wastes no time diving into the theme of the song: Duff’s struggle with self-doubt, perfectionism, and depression.
Musically, The To-Do List is anything but a downer: The buoyant, infectiously lively track is characterized by unique sounds and effects, groovy basslines, driving drums and simple but effective melodies. Inspired by Two Door Cinema Club, Death Cab For Cutie and his own pop-punk roots, Duff strives to create indie-rock music that is energetic, thought provoking, and sonically unique.
He began playing music in 2002, started recording and producing other artists in 2009, and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in music in 2014. From 2014-2020 he owned and operated The Grey Brick Recording Studio in San Diego, where he worked with a wide variety of musicians and helped them achieve successes such as a grand prize from The John Lennon Songwriting Competition. He has also played and toured with Hard To Hit, a pop-punk band signed to Manic Kat Records. Currently he is working on new original music, creating videos about music production and mental health for his YouTube channel, and producing and mixing other bands and singer-songwriters.