INTERVIEW: They Say Jump

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

Mucho bien, gracias!

Can you talk to us more about your single/title track “Lift Your Mood”?

Lift your mood is a feel good track about learning to utilise music for positive thinking / feeling. A musical explanation i would say its complicated in its simplicity.

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

I think all people go through phases of feeling low and we as artists are no exception to this. Music is our medicine!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Unfortunately not.

Why name the album after this track in particular?

Our music in general is upbeat party music for people to jump around to. We felt this title best sums up what we’re about.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was part of an intense period of writing 100 songs. We’ve been experimenting with different styles and sounds and the EP as a whole is quite eclectic. Half way through producing it we parted ways with our singer and its completion was delayed heavily until we confirmed our new singer. I hope you will agree it was worth the wait, our new singer is rocking our world at the moment both in the studio and on the stage!

What was it like to work with Ed West and how did that relationship develop?

We first encountered him as the drummer in a band called ‘The Drop’ who we’ve shared a stage with in the past. Personally we got on with him extremely well. He’s very patient and openminded creatively.

How much did he get to influence the EP?

He made a huge influence. He did a lot of experimenting with electronic drum sounds / sampling and with a vast knowledge of classic reggae and dancehall his input was invaluable. Technically he’s also very advanced.

What cultures get to inspire this EP?

Its very hard to answer this question concisely as we all listen such a wide spectrum of music old and new. Primarily we would have to say Jamaican culture. Reggae and Ska is the essential root of our music. But also Soul and more recently Dance Music. I guess you could say festival culture too. How an audience will react to our music live has some influence when we write as we like to make people jump!

What led you to do a bolder record?

As much as we love classic music its important to experiment we feel when creating something new. Its very hard to beat or even match the greats when it comes to roots music so our goal perhaps is to at least try to push to the next place musically.

What aspects of hope did you get to explore with this EP?

Hard question! As a whole our music / lyrics are positive and this EP is no different.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re doing our EP launch on the 15th August at Hoxton Bar and we’re doing Brixton Hootenanny on the 23rd Sept. We’re also hoping to do a mini tour this autumn… a long with a few more festivals. Watch this space!

What else is happening next in They Say Jump’s world?

We’re currently working on a new full length album which we’ll be aiming to release next year.

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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