Every Time I Die’s lead vocalist, Keith Buckley, gave an interview to Revolver’s Fan First, during which he revealed that Eddie Vedder introduced him to the world of lyrics.

Eddie Vedder is a musician best known for his tenure with Pearl Jam. Apart from his talented singing, Vedder is also an influential songwriter. Throughout his career with the band and as a solo musician, he wrote many successful songs that are now considered classics, such as Pearl Jam’s ‘Black’ and ‘Jeremy,’ and Temple of the Dog’s ‘Hunger Strike.’

Vedder’s lyrics focus on personal, social, and political concerns. In his lyrics, he makes use of storytelling and metaphors while exploring themes like individualism, freedom, and sympathy. Besides, Vedder’s lyrics also include social commentary and political criticism.

Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley is also a songwriter who wrote many of the band’s songs. As it seems, Eddie Vedder has greatly influenced his songwriting, and during his recent interview with Revolver’s Fan First, Buckley revealed why Vedder is of such great importance to him.

Talking to Christina Rowatt, Keith Buckley stated that Eddie Vedder was the first musician who made him think that his lyrics were talking to him. According to the singer, Vedder’s vibe is linked with his personal vibe, and his lyrics appeal to him on a personal level.

Following that, Buckley claimed that Vedder was the one who introduced him to the world of lyrics. As a former English teacher, Buckley stated that this encouraged him to look for lyricists who were poets. Moreover, the singer noted that he spent his life trying to connect with the lyrics and read them as a literature fan.

Keith Buckley told Revolver’s Fan First that:

“Eddie Vedder was the first artist that I was like ‘Okay, he’s talking to me,’ more than just the sounds, setting a vibe that makes sense with my personal vibe. Eddie Vedder is talking to me in a language I understand.”

The podcast’s host Christina Rowatt then asked Buckley:

“Did you ever write back?”

Buckley responded:

“No, but what I did realize was that I think Eddie Vedder introduced me to the world of lyrics as poetry. Then I sort of chased that everywhere.

I went sort of looking for lyricists that were poets. That led me to Counting Crows, Tori Amos, Björk, and Radiohead. Because they had a poetic… Well, just say singer, but they also had a really good vibe and the spirit of the music. I loved it, it just sat with me perfectly.

So, I always spent my life really trying to find out, aside from just the music making me feel some type of way, do I connect with the lyrics, and even if I can’t connect with them, can I read them as a fan of literature.”

You can watch the full interview below.