The project started in earnest in the summer of 2019 when Grossman and Ryan Pollie, his high school buddy turned producer, wanted to turn their sporadic collaborations into something more. "By that summer, it was like, I'm loving the tones we're getting, there's a real connective tissue and vibe with all these songs, no matter how different they are. Let's go in hard and make a whole record," Grossman told the Songfacts Podcast
"We were in that elevated, inspired state, like a muse living over your roof. We'd be at the studio all day and then I'd come home and have this immense sense of gratitude and joy, because there'd always been this little voice of unfulfillment. Then I finally got to LA and was finding my lane and making this record, and this was the headspace where 'What I Owe' came out. It was essentially about the gratitude for being here and the patience of the muse or whoever that may be, but also an obligation and a commitment to service, to work hard and come in every day with a pot of coffee and chase down more songs."