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INTERVIEW: JC Villafan

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

Hi Vents! I’ve been pretty good, thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Moment”?

Gladly. My latest single is a song about the pursuit of dreams and everything that goes into that.  It’s a song that I wrote about my father’s journey, that subsequently parallels mine.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yes, as mentioned, this song was inspired by my father’s journey. I put myself in his shoes and imagined what he might have been thinking when found himself in America, needing to find opportunities.

How was the film experience?

We’re currently in the process of creating the music video for this song, and it’s been one of the most elaborate and tedious process’s to date.  Writing a script isn’t very easy for me because I simply haven’t done it before.  However, I have the right people on my team helping me make sure this video because everything it’s meant to be.

The single comes off your new album America’s For Dreamers – what’s the story behind the title?

America’s for Dreamers is a play on the phrase, “The American Dream.” Which is a statement that has to do with America being the “land of opportunity.” In some ways, the american dream simply represents opportunity anywhere.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process for this album was quite enjoyable. I really enjoy writing music and I try do a lot of it.  The recording process in particular was very enjoyable.  The lead engineer and myself really took our time, for better or for worse, and made this album exactly what it needed to be.

What role does your life played on this album?

My life subsequently is the timeline of this whole album.  If listened to closely, you can begin to hear the story of my life from beginning to where I am now.

What led you to write an album about immigration?

I write about what’s true and real to me.  This story just so happens to be something that currently in my life I began to think a lot about.  I realized that because of my parent’s sacrifice’s, I have the opportunities I have now—and I am trying to not take that for granted.  I wanted to share that message in hopes that people will also realize the sacrifices made for their lives to what they are—immigrant or not.

Did you focus on anything in particular?

Not exactly. I just let the story flow as it came to me. I wanted this writing process to be as pure and genuine as possible.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, actually.  I’ll be on tour June 2 – June 12 in Europe and have a couple dates here in my California; May 27 (San Diego), May 28 (Long Beach), June 26 (Long Beach). More touring in the fall.

What else is happening next in JC Villafan’s world?

Honestly, I’m not 100% sure. You never know how fans will react to something you’ve put out; and that often times determines where you go after a release.  But what I will say is that you can expect more new music from me sooner than later.

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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