INTERVIEW: Josh Swensen

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

I am doing very well! Thank you for your interest in my music Vents!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Minnesota Pines”?

Minnesota Pines was one of the few songs on the albums that was written in under thirty minutes, and as a songwriter that doesn’t happen often. I feel the track best describes how I was feeling at the time. I was raised to go to college and get a good job but at the same time I wanted to go explore the country and rock and roll. Every day I would ask myself “do you want a new ford f-150 and live in a suburban home or do you want to play awesome rock shows, smoke joints but drive a 1995 Honda civic”. That’s the honest truth.  Rock and roll ain’t that glamorous in 2017.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No, I am a musician not an actor. MTV video entertainment ruined the industry.  Shooting an attractive girl in a muscle car going down the highway does nothing but distract the viewer from the music itself. I’ll leave that type of work to Beyoncé and Ariana Grande.

The single comes off your new album I’ll Call You When I Reach Two Harbors – what’s the story behind the title?

Two Harbors Minnesota holds a place in my heart. Since I was a child my family used to make trips up there to camp, hike, etc. It’s a special place like no other so when it came time to write the album that’s the place I wanted to be, no cell service or Wi-Fi; just you and the trees.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process primarily took place on the two harbors trip last year. It was just me and my guitar in the back of a Honda in the woods.  Some of it was written during the occasional trip to the waterfront.  The record was engineered and produced by Jason Swensen of Summit House studios, who is also my father.As far as recording goes I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Some fathers and sons like to go fishing or hunting, my father and I like to make baddass records.

What role does Mason Jennings play in your music?

When I was 9 years old I still remember my dad putting on Mason Jennings in the parking lot of an REI, from that point on I was hooked. Some people are die hard Stones fans or Zeppelin fans, I’m the same way with Mason-his music continues to make me smile and always will. With that being said I’ve always wanted to have that same vibe that he somehow continues to produce in his records, and no I haven’t figured it out yet.

What aspect of adulthood did you get to explore on this particular record?

Drugs, sex, sleeping on couches, and playing for 10 drunk dads in a VFW who aren’t going to remember the music they just heard. Keith Richards wasn’t lying about that shit.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! This summer we’re planning on hitting the road for a tour primarily in the South although we may stop up to the Midwest for some dates.

What else is happening next in Josh Swensen’s world?

Sitting On the couch trying to write the next hit song!

Preview I’ll Call You When I Reach Two Harbors here:

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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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