JONIE is back with his new song for his latest single “Cherry 7up.” The track takes the pop catchy melodies to a whole new and somewhat risky levels with great success.
Nashville Experimental-Pop Artist, Jonie, is set to release the debut single off of his upcoming EP, Jonie Tapes Vol 1. Jonie is the project masterminded by Joseph Barrios, who has played guitar for other Nashville artists such as COIN and The Lonely Biscuits.
The debut single, produced by Barrios himself, serves as a departure from the indie-rock bands he has been associated with in Nashville’s burgeoning music scene. “Cherry 7up” channels Daft Punk influences with the indie-pop freneticism of Passion Pit and Neon Indian.
“I wrote this record when a few different opportunities were coming to a close.” says Barrios. “It was a really unsettling time, and I didn’t really have an agenda with making music. I just wanted to record some songs in a new way that was refreshing.”
The debut EP, Jonie Tapes Vol. 1, will be the first in a series of recordings to come from Jonie in 2017.
In addition, Jonie sit down to talk about the single and more.
Hi Jonie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
– I’ve been living well! Busy writing some new music and hosting a podcast called Yadee Yadah: The Nashville Music Podcast, but doing very well.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cherry 7up”?
– Of course. Cherry 7up was the first song I had written and produced as a solo artist. It came about at a time when I was really fascinated with 80’s pop music and how it was made. I wanted to bring those sounds and techniques into my own songs and that’s pretty much how “Jonie” was born.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
– I was playing with a few different indie bands in Nashville as a guitar player and was a little burnt out from that life. I felt a little stagnant with music, so I wanted to change up everything about my process and style and make pop music that was exciting for me.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
– My friend, Erik Maynard, and I made a lyric video for the song where we used all of these crazy marbling methods to create some cool visuals with water and ink. That’ll be coming out in July.
How was the recording and writing process?
– I wanted to have my hands on every little part of the process to see if I could do it myself. I learned a ton about production and am pretty jazzed to show people what I’ve been working on.
How has Toro y Moi influenced your writing?
– I really like his work. He’s bringing a lot of groove and soul to a genre that can sometimes be very cold and sterile. You go Chaz Bear.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
– The community of musicians is pretty incredible. When I first got here, I was really self-conscious because there is so much talent, but once I started feeling a little more comfortable in my skin that community really inspired me to try to make something unique and to make my own path.
How’s your new EP coming along?
– It’s finished! Thank yeezus.
Any tentative release date in mind?
– Volume I is set to release August 18th.
Would this be divided in several installments?
– Yes, Volume I is mostly electro-pop inspired by 80’s music, but Volumes II & III will be complete 180 degree turns with the influences and production.
Any plans to hit the road?
– A little bit. Next week I’m playing a solo show in Memphis, which is where I’m from originally. In the fall I’m looking to book a short tour around the southeast US.
What else is happening next in Jonie’s world?
– I’m getting into gardening, so I have a really fresh supply of mint, basil, thyme, and oregano. If you’re ever in Nashville, I’ll cook you a meal. I think I mentioned it before, I also host a podcast called Yadee Yadah: The Nashville Music Podcast ( yadeeyadah.com ) where I talk to other musicians about their lives. I’ve had some really exciting guests on the show as of recent, but am gearing up to release some more episodes of that show. Other than that, just making music in the kitchen.