INTERVIEW: Jupiter Way

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

Hello! We’re doing really well and really happy to be welcomed at VENTS. This is an exciting time for us with loads of gigs coming and new releases in the pipeline.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Trouble Is Mine”?

“Trouble Is Mine” pretty much sums up Jupiter Way’s sound: a 60s/70s influenced classic rock with a modern approach.

From heavy blues-rock to psychedelic and funk, TiS is also a mix of genres and that is what we like to do with Jupiter Way.

The single music video will be released on the 8th of July through all stores.

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

Even before we arrived in London for playing music full-time, we knew that creating a rock band would be a bold and complicated project, especially in London.

“Trouble is Mine” is about how the music industry often treat bands like us. It echoes some really bad experiences we had with venues or promoters.

In the big lines, the song is about a musician who’s ready to do anything in order to make it; he is told he’s great but at the end, people take advantage of him and he finds himself broke and far from success.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote “Trouble is Mine” after the Christmas holidays when we came back to the U.K with loads of riffs and ideas. This song emerged after some jam sessions with the band.

We pretty much had the song in place before the lyrics appeared. It has already been a long time since we wanted to write about our bad experiences in the industry, so we took this occasion.

We started recordings sessions in March with our producer, and the song was finished and ready to go in April. The recording was quite a challenge due to the variety of genres and sounds you have in the song. It was hard to find the right balance but we are really happy with the final result.

What role does The Rolling Stones and Rival Stones play in your music?

Those two bands are playing a great role in our inspiration at the moment.

On one side you have the Stones, who remain an ultimate inspiration in terms of songwriting, guitar and vocals for us. They succeeded in creating this very memorable sound that is melodic and punchy at the same time. This band is probably our biggest influence when we talk about 60’s/70’s influence in Jupiter Way.

On the other side, The Rival Sons represent our modern approach to rock music. Their latest releases are mind blowing and showed us that we can actually make modern classic rock! Taking inspiration from them helped us in exploring new sounds, using different fuzz/overdrive pedals for the guitar and the vocals.

These bands both have a really distinctive sound that you can instantaneously recognize, and that’s what we try to build in Jupiter Way.

Funny enough, “Trouble is Mine” was not especially inspired by those two bands, but rather by The Temptations and Hendrix. You might hear more about the Stones and The Rival Sons influences in our next E.P.

How has your former day job get to influence the band?

Before we formed the band, Jullian was working in a bank and Kevin was still studying law.

Working and studying in this kind of environment helps you a lot in understanding business matters and gives you the ability to see music as producers and labels do for example, especially regarding money.

Management related tasks such as communication (social medias, website, PR, etc.), administration or finance were things we already knew beforehand. We only had to adapt it to the music industry, but the basics remain the same.

In the end, our old jobs really helped us to save a lot of time when we started the band.

How’s your new EP coming along?

We’re working on a 4 or 5 songs EP since May. We’re exploring different things at the moment; we really try to build our own identity with a fresh and easily recognizable sound.

Three songs are already at a well-advanced stage. The sound will eventually drift away a bit from “Trouble is Mine” as we are now giving more space for the keyboard since a new member (James Collymore) joined the band. We will also be using the harmonica and more pedals effects on guitar and vocals.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We should have it done by the end of the summer. However, we don’t have any title in mind yet, and it will most probably be something that we will decide at a later stage.

Any plans to hit the road?

We already have quite a few dates scheduled in July, including our Single Launch Party at The Finborough Arms in London on the 8th of July. We are currently in the process of booking dates outside the London area, in cities like Birmingham, Brighton and Manchester.

Later in the year, we plan to work on a Europe tour, especially in France and Switzerland where we have contacts.

What else is happening next in Jupiter Way’s world?

Our priorities will remain the release of the new single and the writing of the new E.P., the underlying goal being to get signed by a record company such as Earache Records (if you read us!!!). They are making a great job in bringing fresh rock n roll to the industry.

Alongside the writing of the EP, we will keep on going with gigs. That is the best way for us to try new songs, even when they are not in their final version. It is our new policy and it has been of a great help so far: you can really feel the audience’s reaction and how it sounds on stage.

Last but not least, we are playing in a festival on the 9th of July; this will be a premiere for us. Farmfest Festival in Rickmansworth, check it out! We hope to see you on the road!

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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