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INTERVIEW: JIBE

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

Been doing great! Thanks for asking!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “We’ve Only Just Begun”? 

With our new recording we wanted to revisit some of our older material that we never got to record in the studio, In doing so a few rose to the surface that we felt were too good to leave behind and “We’ve Only Just Begun” was one of them. A good friend of ours mentioned that it really fits well with where we are now and we all agreed!

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

We wrote that song around 2002. We were in a major writing mode then and it was one of those that when we went to jam…we set up and I just started playing the riff randomly and everyone joined in and BAM…ten mins later we had a song. It happens that way a lot with this band.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We actually have released a video already for it. Joe came up with the initial idea and then through our conversations we created the whole of the story and Joe wrote out the storyboard. We brought Matt Jc and Red Lux Productions on to film it. Spent a day in Deep Ellum at different locations from eight in the morning till about midnight. Joe and the crew were all over the place…Ben and Corey and I all have cameos in the video..lol. Then we all jammed out at the end of the day.

The single comes off your new album Epic Tales Of Human Nature – what’s the story behind the title?

The title is actually something that just came to me a few years ago. I was writing a lot of music…some of which ended up on this record. As we got into the writing process it just kept popping into my head because I felt what we were writing sounded epic to me. I asked Joe if he had any ideas and he had a couple of really good ones. I mentioned Epic Tales Of Human Nature to him and he sat on it along with other ideas for a while. Eventually he called me up one day and said it had been sticking with him. So we decided to use it.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was beautiful and arduous and magnificent and frustrating and gratifying and all of these amazing  things all at once. It was different than how we had ever recorded before. Back in the day we were always on the road and if we weren’t we were practicing at whatever jam room or office space we were occupying at the time. So we would constantly write songs and play them out live a jillion times and then go in and record. We wrote and recorded most of this record in the studio.

What was it like to work with Matt Noveskey and how did that relationship develop?

It was awesome. Back in the beginning of our band Blue October was also starting out and we played shows with those guys starting back in I’d say 96’ or 97’. We ended up trading shows back and forth from Houston to Dallas and then hooking up in other cities around the region. When Matt heard we were getting back together he contacted me through a mutual friend and said he wanted to do a song. It ended up working so well we decided to do the whole record at Orb with Matt producing along side us. We had always wanted to work with a producer that was hands on and involved like a fifth member of the band. Matt was exactly that. He invited us out to Orb just to practice and do writing sessions. It was a very conducive environment for what we were wanting and an incredible studio overall.

How much did he influence the album?

Matt allowed us to be ourselves and be creative…he also jumped right in when he had ideas or thoughts about where things should go. He challenged us to think outside of our jibe box and tried all kinds of different things. It was great.

What role does Dallas play in the writing on your music?

Dallas has always been our home base and it always will be. The music scene has always ebbed and flowed in waves and is back on a big wave right now. It’s a really tight scene with a lot of great talent. There are so many amazing historic venues to play. Trees..Curtain Club…Bomb Factory…Gas Monkey… Lots of great history here and much more to be made.

What aspect of redemption and human condition did you get to explore on this record?

Oh man. With our history as a band we have touched on every single human emotion that there is in coming back together. Working with each other to get over how we handled ourselves in the past with each other has been challenging to say the least but thats the beauty of it. We are redemption personified. If we can forgive each other and build stronger relationships now and create again with each other in this capacity… I think it’s an example of what we can accomplish with humanity as a whole. Anything is possible if you can look in the mirror honestly.

Any plans to hit the road?

All the plans!!

What else is happening next in JIBE’s world?

We are ready to go out and spread our version of love and energy and rock harder than ever!

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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