INTERVIEW: Jesse Sarvinski

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

Hey thanks I’m happy to be here. I’ve been really great.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “What I Said”?

“What I Said” is the follow up to “Stay” that I released a few months ago. I had been really into classical at the time and I still am so I’m all about incorporating Classical inspired string arrangements into more pop sounding songs. I originally wrote “What I Said” on the piano. It had a lot of strings and it was very ballad-y – which I still enjoy slowing down and playing it that way live from time to time –  – but I wanted it to have a more hip-hop trap groove. My friend Josh who I’ve made music with for many years came in and added some synths, more guitar and some background vocals. We wanted it to be very sincere and pensive but still have a nice vibe that unfolds very cinematically.

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

I had been playing around with the chord progression for a while but the lyrics came from a moment when I was just being a dick and wanted to tell someone I love that I was sorry.

Any plans to release a video for the single?


How was the recording and writing process?

I make everything out of my home studio. I use real guitars and piano and mix them with digital beats and synthesizers. This was one of those songs where I just kept fucking with it, which is so easy to do when you’re producing music. The recording software nowadays has an endlesss amount of sounds to play with and you can end up working on one song forever if you want to. I just trust my gut most of the time and go with what sounds good in the moment. I recorded the vocals multiple times but ended up using the first take because I liked the raw emotion and that can sometimes be lost when you’re trying too hard to be perfect or if you’ve sung it so many times that you forget what the hell you’re even singing about.

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

My album will be out in July. I’ve been writing for the past couple years and I’ve really gone back to my roots in the sense that I write most everything on guitar first before we flush it out and make it bigger. On my last album “Higher” many of the songs were beats created by the producer of that album. I would come in and write the lyrics and the melody but I wasn’t writing the songs from scratch the way I am on this album. For me, I knew pretty early on that I would never be a shredder on guitar. I’ve played my whole life but it’s always just been a means to tell the story. Guitar is my instrument though, so going back to that more, and just being in touch more with the raw, simple, storytelling side of my music has been pretty awesome. I also grew up on a lot of Reggae. My next single is called “Tango” and it’s so fucking fun and upbeat and rasta so I’m looking forward to following “What I Said” up with that.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

This is one of those things that just kind of comes to you when you’re pissing behind a dumpster one night because you drank too much whiskey and your Uber is taking too long. It just pops in and you go “Oh yea. Yea, that’s what it’s called.” I’ll let you know when that happens.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. Lots of shows coming up this Summer.

What else is happening next in Jesse Sarvinski’s world?

I’ll be playing a show in LA on April 13th and more dates will be released on my website but at the moment I’m going to smoke a joint and get to the studio. Thank you so much for having me. Cheers!

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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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