INTERVIEW: Honey and Jude

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

Hi! We’ve been awesome. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being a kid’s birthday party you don’t want to go to and 10 being winning the lottery, we’d say we’re about a solid 7.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Weirdos and Freaks”?

We’re always happy to talk about “Weirdos and Freaks” because it so much more than just a song to us. We wrote it as an anti-bullying anthem dedicated to anyone who has ever been called a name or made to feel worthless. We wanted them to hear this song and know that they are not defined by their bullies or the words they have been called.

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

One day, we were perusing Facebook, probably checking to see if anyone had posted any good cat videos lately, when we saw a post from one of our fans. He was talking about how he was being bullied and called terrible names. He wanted to give up and leave school and was hating on himself. We definitely felt sad for him and then starting recalling all our other fans who sometimes tweet us or reach out to us telling us how they are being bullied. We did what musicians do in this situation and wrote a song about it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, financed by Vents Magazine…just kidding. Right now we are focusing on building up what we have called “Beautiful Freaks,” a movement to help those who are being bullied and a channel for us to make our greater audience aware. We may have some tricks up our sleeves a little later on video-wise.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process for “Weirdos and Freaks” was super fast. I had an idea leaving Honey’s house where I got this melody stuck in my head and during the time it took me to drive from her place to mine, I was scribbling lyric ideas and recording melodies. Obviously, we don’t encourage people to try multi-tasking while driving, but sometimes inspiration just hits you in a really inconvenient place.

We recorded at Burnaby Studios in Glendora, an awesome little studio tucked away behind world famous donut man. The only thing that would have made the experience better is if we had made it to Donut Man afterwards.

What was it like to work with Mike Wofford and how did that relationship develop?

Mike is a super cool guy with super cool shoes and super cool shirts. We initially met at a café in NoHo and we liked his personality and knew he would be great to produce our song. Recording with him was fun and stress free, the way recording should ALWAYS be… but isn’t always.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Mike stayed pretty true to our vision for the single. When we met with him, we told him it’s kind of like edgy pop rock with a smile. Think All-American Rejects but updated for now.

How has the 50s influence your music and why this decade in particular?

The entire basis for our duo-ship was influenced by the movie Grease, and when we find ourselves losing inspiration, this is where we return. You can think of Honey as the girl next door who can turn on the heat and throw some sass at any second, and you can think of Jude as the all-American guy with an endearing quirkiness and undeniable charm…very Danny and Sandy-esque.

The music from our EP, Summer Fling: Don’t Mean a Thing really captures this essence form the playful back and forth songs to the 50’s ballad. Produced by Andres Torres, the EP is where we really started to develop our sound and vibe as a duo.

What role does LA plays in your music?

As you know, most people in entertainment in LA are not from here. We are the exception. Both born and raised here, we like to say that we are so LA, it’s silly. It would be hard to say how LA has not influenced our music. We can’t even recall how many times we’ve tried to write a song about driving down the freeway with the windows rolled down and the music blasting, which is such an LA kind of scene. Actually, if it was LA, you wouldn’t be driving down the freeway, you’d be stuck in traffic for a couple hours. But you get the point.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

You can definitely expect new material from us in the coming months. We’re just getting started and are excited to share with you more songs, more videos, more interviews where we say odd things, etc.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Secrets, secrets, secrets… We can’t tell you ALL of our secrets. As of now, we are committed to putting out new material but are undecided as to the specifics.

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now, we don’t have any specific tour dates coming up, but we are excited to one day be able to tour the country in a premiere tour bus. Honey’s half of the tour bus will have pink and fluffy furniture whereas on Jude’s side of the bus, you’ll be lucky to find a seat amidst the empty coke bottles and pizza bagel boxes.

What else is happening next in Honey and Jude’s world?

We are excited for the launch of #BeautifulFreaks. You can go to our website and click over to the Beautiful Freaks tab. Here, our fans can get a little description about what we are doing, they can find resources if they are being bullied or know someone who is being bullied, and they can share their story about how they triumphed over bullying if they would like. Our single, “Weirdos and Freaks” is available for download on iTunes as well, so we look forward to being able to share it with everyone!

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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