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INTERVIEW: PJKTS

Photo Credit: Tyler Miles

Answered by James Mason 

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

We’ve been really great! Just started a radio campaign for our singles “California State” and “Chandelier” and have been wrapping up a really great release.

Can you talk to us more about your single “California State“?

“California State” is about how something can be immensely beautiful and horrifically ugly at the same time. It applauds a surface appearance and mocks the inner character. Without running the risk of sounding deep it’s just a song about wishful thinking and the truth. The truth being the hard part.

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

We were looking to write a single and were reflecting on strong emotions. I’ve been a fan on this kind of social commentary.. everyone wants to feel validated in some way. It’s interesting how that translates and vibes with the culture and tradition.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We are currently talking to a production group who’s considering a pro-bono video for the band. Still not 100% confirmed but sounds promising. It’s a great asset to have but can be pretty pricey.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why did you name the record after the band?

I’ve always believed it was the right thing to do with your first record. I’ve been in bands for about 14 years now and never recorded a full length record. It just felt right that it should be a self-titled.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was pretty grueling… I hate that word but totally grueling. By that I mean we just went through so many demos of songs and it was super drawn out.. we had to break the recording up because of costs. I enjoyed the song writing process, it just takes a lot out of you because you’re constantly thinking wow my music sounds like shit, I suck at this.. the truth is you just need to take a break. You ever spend too much time playing with legos as a child? Then your lego spun .. that’s how I feel like song writing gets. Just really cracked out from thinking too much about music. But then after many months you have something really polished and cool hopefully.

What role does LA play on the album?

LA is where we recorded the album and eventually moved to… from Austin TX. I’m originally from Virginia so it’s hard to say this isn’t confusing. I’ll stay on point.. LA has always been a cool landing space for our musical dreams. It’s probably because New York is too cold and people are kinda grumpy.. and Nashville is too country. . . I don’t dislike country music but they just don’t produce the indie funky pop we’ve come to surround ourselves with.. It’s had an affect on our record because it’s been a source of talented people who contributed greatly.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Far and wide I would say.. one song is about how I felt after a night alone with my roommates’ schizophrenic mother… telling me various conspircy plots. I would say most of it comes pretty naturally and then you have to hunt it down for the rest of the meaning. Like one thought connecting to another and so on.. It’s like catching butterflies.

Any plans to hit the road?

Working with a booking agent now and looking into a van and trailer. All pretty crazy purchases but definitely on our list!

What else is happening next in PJKTS’s world?

We are working with a really cool radio promoter and playing a good amount of shows in California. Besides that we’ve been working on a little EP for next year but I won’t give too much away. 😉

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