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INTERVIEW: Mama Juke

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

A: I’m pretty good, it’s been great to be busy.

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Bad Day For Love”?

A: High-energy party-starter. Down-on-his-luck kind of vice to the lyrics. Eli brought this one to the table. But Shawn Camp actually wrote the song. 

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

E: The song was written by Shawn Camp. I was inspired to cover the song after a breakup. We sometimes tend to jump into new relationships after one falls apart for fear of being alone without learning what is was that actually caused it. I like this song because it celebrates being single and loving yourself before giving it to someone else. 

The single comes off your new album Live At Unit J – what’s the story behind the title?

Unit J, over the last few years has gone from being a loft style living place, to almost a full service Record Label and recording studio, it’s has been our home (literally) since the genesis of the band so it made sense to record in a place where we felt like we were at home, with people we love. The family is getting bigger and bigger, as well as the neighborhood in Bushwick where Unit J resides. Everyone should check it out for shows, movie screenings, everything…

How was the recording and writing process?

A:  I think one of my favorite parts about recording this album was that we recorded it live at a show. Most of the work is already done at that point. In order to make it the best it could be, we did fix a few little things here and, but it was really easy to do thanks to the capabilities of Unit J. Phil at Continental Studios really put this heart into thoroughly mixing and mastering the album. ❤️ Phil.

What role did New Orleans play on this album?

E: I think the food you eat in New Orleans gives you super powers. So good. 

However, witnessing King James and the Special men play three sets at Saturn Bar was the most musical inspiration I’ve had in awhile. The music in New Orleans simply has an authenticity that is amazing to watch. So does NYC! But New Orleans is just different.

Does acting play a role in your music and the other way around?

I guess it does. In a way that makes it easy to approach an audience. The point is to not “act” but to be real with your audience and not put up a front of any kind. We’re not trying to be “rock stars” or the “next thing”. We just want people to let their guard down and have fun. And to allow them selves to feel when the music is happy, sad, funky, or angry. We like to think that performing/acting the songs will just lead to a good time.

Known for playing with different genres – how do you tend to balance them together? How did you get to capture your studio sound into live?

A: I think our live sound is more unbridled, at the moment, so recording live at a show covers that side of our sound. We’re well on the way to having a second album, a studio album, to compliment this live one.

Any plans to hit the road?

We hit the road in March for our SXSW tour. And we are so f@!k$&@ excited.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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