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INTERVIEW: Jack Carty

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

Hello! Thanks for having me; I’ve been great thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “A Way With Me”?

Sure thing! It’s the second single from my album ‘Home State’ and I guess it’s a bit of a love song… It’s also a bit of a travel song… It’s like a love-travel song.

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

If I am being honest, I wrote the bones of it singing to myself in the shower – but I think contextually it all came about because I split with the label and management I’d been working with for a few years back home in Australia, and at the same time I got married. So after that I was home a bit for the first time in years and I found myself really reconnecting with writing and recording music purely for the fun of it again.

How was the music video film experience?

Oh man that was so much fun! There is this guy called Jefferton James and he is literally a genius when it comes to film clips. He has done a bit of work with Passenger and Boy and Bear in the past, so you’ve probably seen some of his other stuff. He lives about an hour west of Sydney in The Blue Mountains and I just went up there and spent most of the day sitting in his blacked-out hallway in a novelty spacesuit. It was just him and I, and my wife Tash helping out. It turned out great!

The single comes off your new album Home State – what’s the story behind the title?

As I mentioned earlier, I’d just split with my Australian label and management and got married, and I found myself spending lots of time in our apartment, writing and demoing new songs just for the fun of it. After a while I realized that I’d been inadvertently making an album and I ended up recording the whole thing in my living room and playing everything but the bass myself. The title is a nod to my state of mind whilst I was writing and recording it, and also the way in which it was made.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was the most fun I’ve ever had making an album. I’d wake up around 7am, put on some coffee and then sit down and listen through everything I’d recorded the day before. It was a really organic process and for the first time ever I had the time to explore any tangent I wanted to go down, just to see where it lead. Sometimes it lead nowhere and I’d end up deleting 2 days worth of work, but more often than not it lead somewhere exciting.

What role does Australia plays on this album?

I guess it plays a pretty big one. My music has always had a pretty strong sense of place to it – I think that can be useful when writing story-based or narrative-driven music, because it can really ground things in a place and time. I’ve lived in Australia my whole life and travelled all over the country and I really love it here, so I think that sneaks into the songs whether I’m consciously aware of it or not.

What aspect of grass-roots music did you get to explore on this record?

The DIY side of things. I recorded, produced, and performed almost every aspect of ‘Home State‘ myself, and my wife Tash took care of all the art-direction and design. We even started our own indie record label to release it back home in Australia. It’s been hugely exciting and rewarding and it’s made the album’s successes mean that much more. It’s empowering to know we have all the tools for making and releasing records under one roof. No one can take that away.

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

Travel has always been a big one for me, particularly the tension it can create between the wanderer and the homebody I think both exist inside most people. The urge to explore and make the most of the time we have vs. the pull for some sort of stability and routine.

Any plans to hit the road?

Always! I’m just wrapping up a 5 week long Australian tour, and then I’m heading over your way to tour England with Keston Cobbler’s Club throughout the last 2 weeks of April.

What else is happening next in Jack Carty’s world?

I’ve been working away on a new album and have lots more touring and festivals in the pipeline this year, including a headline UK tour in a few months time. We’ll be relocating over there more permanently in August.

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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